It's not unusual for people in California or anywhere else in the United States to decide to move to another state. However, such moves have actually become less common over the past 50 years. This change in behavior has bewildered academics who simply can't understand why modern adults are less likely to move. Some researchers now believe that they have an answer: divorce and child custody agreements.
When couples divorce, they almost always end up moving into separate homes. Some may even desire to put a fair amount of space between themselves and their former spouses. Couples who have children, however, often remain connected to each other through their offspring. Parents, mental health professionals and courts all agree that in most cases, it is essential for children to have a relationship with both parents.
In addition, the move toward joint custody in family courts means that an arrangement that involves occasional visits with a noncustodial parent are becoming increasingly uncommon. Instead, both parents are expected to have an active presence in the lives of their children. For some divorcees, this means that moving far away from the other parent is no longer a realistic option. As a result, people are less likely to migrate to other states and regions.
Parents who are concerned about a possible relocation after a divorce may benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney. A lawyer may be able to review the divorce case and explain the process regarding child custody, child support and parenting time. If a parent's circumstances have changed, the lawyer may be able to assist in working out post-divorce modifications that can accommodate the needs of all parties.