I'm looking at moving to Washington from Wisconsin temporarily. my ex wife is not happy with the thought of me leaving the state for 3 months to go to Washington state to spend time with my fiancé and get to know my future inlaws. it has been stated multiple times that the move is only going to be temporary, and that I would be back at the end of June. my ex is threatening to call the cops and contact child support agency on me for abandonment. do I require permission from me ex-wife to move? and if so, what actions can I take to go about being able to temporarily relocate? I am looking to go as soon as possible, so any help would be greatly appreciated. thank you.
You have the right to move anywhere you want; you owe no legal obligation to get the permission of your ex wife. There is a WI removal statute that you can't move the children out of state, but that isn't what you are talking about here. Your move away though could affect the placement of your children in the future; there is a "use it or lose it" provision under the WI custody law, that if you don't exercise your court allowed placement time, she could go to court to have your placement time changed and lessened to whatever your current schedule might be with your children. You also owe a duty of support for your children. Your quitting your job to move away doesn't relieve you of the current support obligations, assuming you are court ordered to pay support and you are quitting your job (assuming that is what you are doing) to move away for 3 months to be with your fiancé; it could be construed by the court as an unreasonable decision on your part, as it comes into the issue of the support of your children.
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