Mother Demands to Relocate 3-Year-Old Child 5 Hours Away from Father

Gillian Sisley

Is it ever justified for a child to be separated from their parent?

There’s nothing that can complicate parenting more than a couple choosing to split up. That can make co-parenting tricky, especially if the parents don’t exactly get along well.

Two parents who are not willing to put their child’s interests before their own disputes can also cause a lot of upset and trauma for the child. While already trying to navigate their parent’s separation, the child then must also deal with the extra baggage.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a mother wants to relocate her young daughter to be with her new partner, putting 5 hours between the child and her father.

Is it ever justified for a child to be separated from their parent?

A Mumsnet post published on November 21, reported on by Soo Kim from Newsweek, has gone viral with over 200 comments on the platform.

The author begins her post by explaining that she has a 3-year-old daughter, and has separated from her child’s father. They also aren’t on the best of terms.

She explains that they have a custody agreement, which outlines that she has custody 60% of the time, while her ex 40%. That arrangement looks like her ex having their daughter ‘2 nights per week as well as a weekend split’.

The author laments that this custody arrangement isn’t ‘practical’ anymore, and that it’s becoming quite tedious to cart her daughter to and from her ex’s place. She wants to start a new life with her daughter, but it comes with a bit of a logistical complication.

Is distance the answer for starting a new life?

The author has a new partner, who she would like to start and new life with. With that said, her partner lives about 300 miles away, which is a 5-hour drive from where she lives now. This would put a great distance between the father and his child.

She wants to change the custody agreement to involve school holidays and weekends, due to the distance, but her ex is ‘pushing back’ against the idea. She’s wondering if she ‘has a chance’ to get this agreement amended in court, so that she can be with her new partner and start her new life.

What do you think? Is the author’s wish to take her daughter 5 hours away from her father legitimate and fair? Or is she out of line to try and put 300 miles between her ex and his child?

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