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How divorced parents can compromise if one relocates

One problem a divorced South Carolina parent might run into is the other parent moving to be closer to a new partner. Even if the parent makes an effort to not move too far away, there still may be an additional commuting burden for the other one. The situation may worsen if the parent dislikes the new partner and does not like the child spending time with them. However, the first thing parents must do in a situation like this is set aside their own conflicts and focus on what is best for the child.

The parent who has moved might need to take steps to help integrate the child into the new community. The parent who has not moved may have to give up the desire to see the child's extracurricular activities largely happen nearby. It may also be necessary to compromise on scheduling. There may even be changes in child support as well.

Parents might want to consider meeting with a mediator to reach a solution that suits them and is also in the best interests of the child. A mediator can work with parents' concerns and help them reach a compromise.

During divorce negotiations, parents may also want to consider inserting language into the parenting agreement that deals with moving and when the child will meet new partners. These agreements can also include information on how vacations and holidays will be handled and more. Parents should try to strike a balance between addressing likely conflicts and keeping the agreement flexible. They could also put in the parenting agreement that they will use a mediator to resolve conflicts if they cannot do so.

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