Spouse trying to move children

Dear caniwin:

Greetings. My suggestion is that first, you should have had your attorney include a geographic limitation into your agreement, even if settled through mediation a custody agreement must be properly drafted to protect the children.

Next, contact her in writing and let her know that you do not consent to her removing the children from the area and that you expect at least thrity (30) days notice of any planned moves on her behalf. Keep of copy of the correspondence.

Make sure that the children are enrolled in more than just school (such as sports, etc.) in this area. Coach games and set yourself up as the boyscouts leader, etc. Keep all your custodial dates and mark on a calendar each time you have your children.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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I am currently divorced and have 3 children. My ex and I agreed to custody through mediation and she currently has the kids 56% of time and I 44%. She had an affair with someone, which ultimately broke up our marriage, and is not quite involved with him. He was married as well and is now divorced with 2 kids. He lives about 7 hours away. I am becoming increasingly concerned that she may try to move with the kids to live with him. What rights, options and chances do I have for keeping the kids here? They’ve lived here all their lives (9,6 & 3), they are enrolled in school here, attend church with me every weekend, have friends in the neighborhood, all 4 grandparents live here, etc.

Also, are there any preemptive stemps I can take to protect against this possibility, and if not, what should I do if I find out she has definate plans?