While adults in the United States have a constitutional right to travel, and thus to live wherever they please, in Washington there are specific laws that govern the relocation of children who are the subject of a parenting plan. Basically this entails that the relocating primary parent provide 60 days notice to the other parent of his/her intent to move the children. The other parent then has the opportunity to object to the proposed relocation. The relocating parent is obligated under law to provide this notice even if the proposed move is within the children’s school district, however, in that instance the other parent has no standing to object to the move.
The collaborative law process can provide parents involved in relocation issues a venue to openly and honestly address this issue in a manner that is conducive to enhancing understanding, reducing conflict, and enabling creative resolutions.