Over 30 Years Experience Focused In Divorce & Family Law

Helping Parents Manage Relocation Issues

A change of domicile or relocating with a child is a serious consideration and the courts will look at a number of factors before making a decision. A change of domicile (relocation) should be discussed in detail with an experienced lawyer who has a proven track record handling change of domicile, custody, parenting time and related matters.

Michael A. Robbins is eminently qualified to handle change of domicile (relocation), custody, Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) matters, modifications and related family law issues in Michigan. He focuses exclusively on family law topics and has handled these issues for more than 30 years. Clients come to his firm because of his proven track record, his legal abilities and the high level of recognition he has received for his legal work.

Factors Concerning Change Of Domicile/Relocation

Parents who want to move from their home state and take their child with them must first seek permission from the court, which must be the first to approve the move. Without approval, serious legal issues can arise. Ultimately, a judge will decide whether you can move with your child.

Michigan courts make joint-custody determinations based on a five-pronged test, including:

  • Will the move improve the child and relocating parent’s quality of life?
  • Does such a move appear to be motivated in preventing the other parent from sharing time with their child?
  • Is one parent trying to take financial advantage of the other through relocation or a challenge to a relocation (including child support issues)?
  • Is there a reasonable likelihood that the noncustodial parent will still have parenting time with the child after the move? (And is the relocating parent likely to comply with the modified parenting time schedule?)
  • Has there been a pattern of any sort of domestic violence involving one or both of the parents?

Attorney Michael Robbins is highly knowledgeable of relocation laws and how existing custodial arrangements and parenting time can be affected by a change of domicile. While walking his clients through the legal process, he is fully committed to providing strong advocacy.

Do Not Hesitate To Contact Our Firm

To schedule an appointment with the Law Offices of Michael A. Robbins, please contact him at 248-646-7980. Located in Bloomfield Hills, he accepts cases in the Tri-County area of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties and throughout the state.