Divorce can be a difficult process. Regardless of the circumstances, the ending of a marriage can be an emotionally draining period of time. Once the decision to divorce has been made, Missouri spouses have to make the transition toward living independently, which may sometimes result in one of the parties having to relocate. Moving after a divorce can result in added stress, especially if children are involved. Understanding state laws regarding child custody and relocation can help a parent to avoid a violation, which could result in unfavorable changes to his or her custody or visitation rights.
A recent bill that another state proposed could have limited the ability of custodial parents from relocating with their children. The bill in question would have limited a custodial parent from moving more than 10 miles from his or her current residence without first getting approval from the non-custodial parent. This would have been a drastic change from the state's current relocation law, which only requires the notice for relocations greater than 100 miles.