The combination of a struggling economy and increased housing debt is leading to an increase in child custody cases involving relocation requests from custodial parents who find it necessary to move, according to a new survey.
The main reasons for these relocation petitions have been to pursue other job opportunities or to be with a new partner, according to the report from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).
The AAML’s study also found 85% of the country’s best divorce lawyers cited an increase in divorce settlement complications over housing debt during the past three years.
“Resolving divorce and child custody issues is never easy, but the current economic climate has certainly added more complications to the process,” Linda Lea Viken, president of the AAML, said in a statement. “The effects of a couple’s housing debt are presenting greater obstacles for attorneys, as well as the increasing number of parents who are facing the reality of a need to move.”
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The bright side for divorced dads is even though 53% of these same top divorce lawyers reported an increase in relocation requests from custodial parents, only 21% of the attorneys saw those child custody requests actually being granted.
Two-thirds of the divorce lawyers said there was no change in the number of approvals over the past three years.
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is comprised of the top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation.
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