I accepted a work contract for an out-of-state job in order to provide for my family that has now turned into a full-time position.
Unfortunately, my wife is not willing to relocate the family to where I have been able to locate employment and is considering divorce as the only other option.
Given the situation, will I have to face “abandonment” issues when it comes to the divorce and child custody case?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Michigan child custody laws where I am licensed to practice.
Your situation does not appear to display any forms of abandonment under the circumstances that you have described. Abandonment may apply if you left the family and failed to provide any support for some period of time.
However, you are describing a relocation so that you can support your family and want your family to move with you; this appears to be the opposite of abandonment.
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While abandonment may not apply, your decision to relocate could seriously impact your child custody and parenting time options of your children. Parenting time is typically not as often for parents that live farther away from each other due to the distance and inconvenience for the children.
Also, custody could be affected as joint custody (especially physical custody) may be very difficult in these types of situations.
It may be wise to consult with a mens divorce attorney prior to your move so you are able to make an informed decision regarding this move and what is truly in you and your children’s best interests.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.