Parental Relocation in Connecticut

Under Connecticut law, if a parent wants to relocate a child in such a way that will significantly disrupt an existing custody or parenting plan, the parent seeking to relocate bears the burden of demonstrating, by a preponderance of the evidence, that:

  • The relocation is for a legitimate purpose
  • The proposed location is reasonable in light of such a purpose
  • The relocation is in the best interest of the child

In making its decision whether to approve the child relocation based on the best interests of the child, the court will examine the following main factors, although it may examine other considerations as well:

  • Each parent’s reasons for seeking or opposing the relocation
  • The quality of the relationships between the child and each parent
  • The impact of the relocation on the quantity and quality of the child’s future contact with the non-relocating parent
  • The degree to which the relocating parent and child’s life may be enhanced economically, emotionally and educationally
  • The feasibility of preserving the relationship between the non-relocating parent and the child through suitable visitation arrangements

Parents should always put the needs of the children first when considering relocation away from the other parent. Consulting with an experienced Connecticut child custody attorney may help you decide your best course of action.