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Maintaining a parenting plan after a move

After a divorce in Maryland, a parent may be committed to remaining in their child's life. Typically, both parents will come together and create a plan as to how they will raise the child despite no longer living together. Ideally, the plan will limit any disruption to the child's life. However, there may come a time when one parent may enter a new relationship.

This new relationship may result in that parent moving farther away from the child. This may strain the relationship between the two parents as the custodial parent may believe that the new girlfriend or boyfriend is a bad influence on the child. In turn, the new significant other may feel like the child's other parent is a bad influence. Instead of engaging in a prolonged conflict, it may be easier to renegotiate the terms of the parenting plan.

In some cases, the parent who moved away may receive less parenting time in exchange for paying less in child support. The child may also choose to live with the parent who moved away, which may result in the other parent paying child support. While a parent may want their child to like him or her best, the goal is to raise an emotionally healthy child as opposed to being more popular than the other parent.

When a relationship ends, an individual may experience a range of emotions such as anger, anxiety or sadness. Therefore, it may be best to talk with an attorney who may review a divorce case from a rational and objective viewpoint. He or she may be able to help an individual craft a parenting plan that meets his or her needs as a parent while also looking out for the best interest of the child.

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