Ex wife moving children constantly


#1

I’m not an attorney, but have had experience similar to yours. Here are my thoughts… naturally this advice applies only after you’ve done all you can to negotiate out of court with your children’s mother.

You need to file a complaint for primary custody of the children, citing the information you provided previously. You will need to demonstrate that mom’s frequent relocation and interpersonal instability is detrimental to the children’s stability and emotional health. Sue for full custody, visitation for mom and child support.

You must be able to thoroughly establish with legally verifiable and admissible evidence 1) your strengths and superiority as a parent 2) mom’s weaknesses and inferiority as a parent 3) damage to your children’s emotional, mental or physical health as a result of mom’s instability - and how you can provide constancy, stability and appropriate ability to provide for the children’s needs. At the time you file your complaint you may wish to request a restraining order prohibiting mom from relocating the children again, pending further order of the court.

I’m curious… how are you doing a 50/50 split with her moving so frequently? Has she stayed in the same town/school district all this time?

Regardless - I cannot state with sufficient emphasis that custody litigation can be pure hell on everyone involved. If you get to a point where you absolutely must file for custody (which you very well may need to do), then take advantage of the mandatory mediation session to try to settle differences and come to an amicable agreement. Custody litigation can be very expensive and drawn out - to say nothing of the emotional havok that it inflicts on the parties involved.


#2

Her constant moving may demonstrate instability, which would be a factor the court would weigh very heavily in making a determination about custody. I need some additional information;

Why is she moving?

Do you have a court order or agreement in place?

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#3

Would moving 4 different places in the past 2 years constitute as instability? Just wondering since my mother has moved 4 places in the past 2 years and I on the other hand, have lived in 2 places in the past 5 or 6 years.


#4

The reasons for the moves are often more important than the moves themselves. If someone is moving because they are purchasing a bigger better home, moving to a new area, relocated for work, this is not going to have as much of a negative impact as it would if they were moving because they kept getting evicted.

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Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
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Charlotte, NC 28262
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#5

Thank you for your advice in advance. I have split custody (50%) with my ex-wife. We have been divorced three years. I have maintained my residence for 13 years, in the same house where the kids were raised. They are now 6 and 7. She has moved six times in three years and is now getting ready to move again. The kids are upset that they have to keep moving with her. Do I have a case to gain full custody based on her nomadic and unsettled habits? She has lived with three different men during this time frame and I fear for my kids emotional health.