I have joint legal custody of my 6 year old daughter with my ex. He has purchased a house in a very dangerous neighborhood and will be moving there in September. He has her 1 weeknight a week and every other weekend Friday night - Monday morning.
You can attempt to attend mediation with your ex in an effort to change the parenting time schedule. If that doesn't work, then you can try to bring a motion to the Court to change parenting time. I'd urge you to consult with an attorney regarding your specific options as each case has its own set of facts and history. I'd also encourage you to remember that a dangerous neighborhood may not be enough on its own to support a change of parenting time. It sounds like your ex doesn't have a ton of time as it is.
It would seem unlikely that a court would limit parenting time based on the geographic location where the parent lives. That is particularly true if there is been no incident. That notwithstanding, you would have to try and mediate the issue to see if an agreement can be reached prior to filing a motion in court
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It makes sense that a parent would have grave concerns about one's child being in certain locales. I suggest that the way in which to frame the problem is what serves the best interests of this child not generally which locale is more or less superior to another. If you were to go to court with the sort of issue you name, depending upon the case, of course, use of local shots fired sorts of maps, for EG, may be helpful evidence. Do not view this reply as exhaustive.
I urge you to talk with your own attorney so she can provide you with legal advice & counsel.
Be wary of 'free advice'.
Tricia Dwyer Esq
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