Relocation Attorney in St. Louis
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When either parent has to relocate their residence, whether it be out of
state, out of the country, or across town, the law in Missouri has established
a specific timeline of events that the parent has to comply with prior
to their move. The St. Louis family lawyers at our firm have a strong
understanding of these laws and can help ensure you remain in compliance.
Pedano, O’Shea, McGavic & Hogenmiller, LLC knows that this can
be a stressful and overwhelming time, especially with your and your child’s
future on the line. The good news is that our legal team is here to help
you navigate the entire process. When you come to our firm, you will receive
personalized legal support and guidance every step of the way.
What should you do before moving?
The Missouri relocation statute is intended to ensure that the non-moving
parent is advised well in advance of their former partner’s new
address. This is to allow the parties to discuss the move and determine
whether it is in the best interests of the children before the moving
party is committed.
In cases where the parents can agree that the move is a good thing, then
they can establish a modified parenting plan if the move makes the current
parenting plan unworkable. However, in cases where the parties cannot
agree on whether the move is in the best interests of their children,
the law provides a framework for taking the issue to court for a judge
Elements of the Certified Letter
In Missouri, the law regarding relocations of children is set forth in
RSMo. §452.377. This section of law requires that the parent who
is planning to move provide the other parent with a certified letter at
least 60 days prior to their intended relocation date.
The letter must include the five following elements if applicable:
- The street and mailing address of the new location, or the city if the
address is unknown.
- The home telephone number of the new residence if there is one.
- The proposed date of the intended move or relocation of the other parent.
- A statement that provides the reasons for the parent wanting to relocate
with the child.
- A new proposed parenting plan, revised visitation schedule, or updated
A failure of the moving party to strictly comply with this statute can
have extreme consequences, including a reduction in your custody time
with the children, or a loss of
legal or physical custody.
Once this certified letter is received by the non-moving parent, they must
determine whether they agree or disagree with the proposed move within
30 days. In the case the non-moving parent agrees with the move, then
it may be necessary to negotiate a revised parenting plan to account for
the new address of the children. In the case the non-moving parent disagrees
with the move and feels it will be detrimental to the children, then they
must file a formal Objection to Relocation with their local court within
30 days. This 30 day deadline is extremely important, and a failure to
file the objection within this period may result in a waiver of your right
to object to the move.
Choose Our Compassionate Firm for Your Case
The relocation of children, no matter what the distance, is an extremely
complicated and complex issue under Missouri law. At Pedano, O’Shea,
McGavic & Hogenmiller, LLC, we offer knowledgeable counsel regarding
the legal process to individuals in Chesterfield, St. Charles County,
and St. Louis, and we are prepared litigate on our clients’ behalf
Do not wait to get the support you need! We encourage you to
contact our firm in Chesterfield today to discuss your relocation case.
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