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A Parent’s Guide to Oklahoma’s Relocation Laws

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The average American relocates 11.7 times in their life However, when child custody comes into play, the choice to move can become complex At this point, you need to factor relocation laws into your decision.

Like many states, Oklahoma recognizes a custodial parent’s right to relocate. This right comes with considerations to ensure the child’s well-being. Keep reading to learn more about Oklahoma relocation and how it can impact custody. 

The Impact of Relocation on Child Custody

When a parent decides to relocate in Oklahoma, it will likely have significant implications on child custody arrangements. 

Relocation may disrupt the established routine and stability of the child, impacting their emotional well-being. It could also affect the frequency and quality of time spent with each parent, potentially straining their relationship.

Courts prioritize maintaining strong parent-child relationships even after relocation. They may require modifications to custody agreements or visitation schedules to accommodate the new circumstances.

Providing Notification for Child Relocation in Oklahoma

If a move is less than 75 miles away and for a period of less than 60 days, court approval isn’t required. However, if the move is further away or permanent, you’re required to provide notification. 

Notification needs to be given at least 60 days before the proposed move. However, since that is not always possible, there are appropriate provisions for a shorter notification process, when applicable. When you are not able to provide notification 60 days before, you should do so as soon as reasonably possible under Oklahoma law.

Can Oklahoma Courts Stop You from Relocating With Your Child?

Like many states, Oklahoma recognizes a custodial parent’s right to relocate with their child. However, this right is not absolute.

The non-custodial parent (the one who doesn’t have primary physical custody) has the right to object to the move if it significantly disrupts the existing parenting plan and harms the child’s relationship with the non-custodial parent.  During a relocation hearing, the court will consider whether the move is in good or bad faith. 

Bad Faith vs. Good Faith Relocations

Bad faith relocations involve moving with deceptive intentions or without considering the child’s best interests. This can include moving to limit access to the child. 

On the other hand, good faith relocations are driven by legitimate reasons that benefit both the relocating parent and the child. This can include: 

  • Better school systems 
  • Parent’s promotion 
  • Moving closer to family

Any decision should be based on what serves your child’s best interests now and in the future.

How Can a Family Law Attorney Help?

Navigating Oklahoma’s relocation laws can be complex, especially when it involves child custody matters. A family law attorney can provide invaluable support and guidance in this area.

An experienced attorney will help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the state’s relocation laws. They will assess your specific situation and offer tailored advice on how to proceed.

Navigate Relocation Laws with the Help of an Oklahoma Attorney

Parenting in the context of relocation laws can be complex and emotionally charged. Understanding relocation and custody is crucial for any parent navigating this process.

At Doerner, our law firm has been serving the people of Oklahoma since 1896. Our attorneys are skillful problem solvers who are ready to advocate for you.

Contact us today to discuss your case.