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Would Ex's move into another county be a "change in material circumstances" to modify parenting schedule and child custody?

Valdosta, GA |

Ex-wife currently lives in same city as I do about a mile away from me. She teaches in neighboring county where my son also attends school. It is about a 35 mile one-way trip to school for the both of us. When I take him it is an hour and a half round trip with traffic. She is getting married June 15th. They are relocating to the neighboring county so she and our son can live in same school district and cut down on their drive time to and from school every day. She is PCP with about a 60/40 split in parenting time. I'm highly involved in all of my 5 y/o son's activities (church, school, sports, etc). I'm hoping this would be enough of a material change in circumstance to justify a change in parenting time to a 50/50 Joint Custody schedule.

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This is a question that should be addressed to your attorney and if necessary, brought as a motion. What would be your reason to change to 50/50 when really what you might need is a modification of the present schedule, regardless of the exact time?



Judy, thank you for your answer and quick response. My reason for a modification to Joint Custody is because I want more time with my son. When we settled our divorce 3 years ago, she refused JC and my attorney strongly discouraged taking it to court b/c the judge assigned to our case is very Pro-woman and very rarely grants JC to both parents. Therefore we settled out of court. Since then, I've been waiting for a reason to modify and request JC. It's only another 2 days per month.

Judy A. Goldstein

Judy A. Goldstein


Best wishes to you.


While you need to speak to your lawyer with details, it is highly unlikely that a move of that short a distance would result in any significant modification. At best, some tweaks might be needed in visitation, and it would save you thousands of dollars in legal fees to talk those small changes out rather than to start a battle.

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