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Modern Family Law's child relocation lawyers in Colorado specialize in assisting parents with all matters of relocation. Our lawyers can help Colorado parents navigate the legal process involved in obtaining permission to relocate, as well as represent them in court if necessary. Our attorneys have extensive experience in child relocation cases and are well-versed in the state laws and regulations.

We understand how overwhelming it can be to navigate the complex legal process involved in relocating with a child. Moving with a child can be a difficult and emotional process and we are here to guide you through every step of the way. We will work with you to understand your situation and develop a strategy that is tailored to your specific needs. Learn about child relocation in Colorado below including:

Colorado child relocation lawyers

Our experienced Colorado child custody attorneys understand that no case is the same. We encourage you to reach out and share the details of your case with them so they can provide you with the guidance you need. Whether you are seeking to move with your child to a new location or you are trying to prevent the other parent from relocating with your child, our attorneys have the experience to help. With our assistance, you can rest assured that your child relocation case will be handled professionally and efficiently.


In Colorado, child relocation refers to the process of one parent seeking to move with a child to a new location, either within the state or outside of it. Colorado laws require that a parent seeking to relocate with a child must provide notice to the other parent and obtain their consent or a court order before doing so. If the other parent does not consent to the relocation, the parent seeking to move must file a petition with the court and demonstrate that the move is in the best interests of the child.

The court will then hold a hearing to determine whether the relocation should be granted. Child relocation cases in Colorado can be complex and emotionally charged, and it is often helpful for parents to seek the assistance of a child relocation lawyer.

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In Colorado, when one parent plans to relocate with the child(ren) there is a specific procedure for notifying the other parent that must be followed. The parent must inform the other parent of their intent to move with the child(ren) as soon as possible. This notification must be in writing and should include the following information: the location of the intended relocation, the reasons for the move, and a proposed revised parenting plan.

“The party who is intending to relocate with the child to a residence that substantially changes the geographical ties between the child and the other party shall provide the other party with written notice as soon as practicable of his or her intent to relocate, the location where the party intends to reside, the reason for the relocation, and a proposed revised parenting time plan. A court hearing on any modification of parenting time due to an intent to relocate shall be given priority on the court’s docket.

C.R.S. § 14-10-129

The noncustodial parent has the right to object to the proposed relocation. In this case, a judge will hold a hearing to decide on the matter, which is typically given priority.

requirements for notification of relocation in Colorado


In Colorado, the custody of a child can be modified as a result of a parent's relocation. If a custodial parent wants to move with the child, they must provide notice to the noncustodial parent, and if the noncustodial parent objects to the move, a judge will hold a hearing to decide on the matter.

If the judge determines that the move is in the best interests of the child C.R.S § 14-10-124, they may approve the relocation and modify the parenting plan accordingly. Factors that the judge may consider in making this determination include the reasons for the move, the potential impact on the child's relationship with each parent, and the feasibility of maintaining a meaningful relationship between the child and the noncustodial parent.

The court may take into account the distance of the move when making a judgement on a custodial parent's relocation. If the parent plans to move a significant distance away, a judge may be more likely to modify the custody arrangement. However, as with all custody matters, the court's primary consideration will be the best interests of the child. If you need legal help with relocating or preventing a child's relocation in Colorado, it is recommended to consult a family law attorney.


In a Colorado relocation case, the court will consider various factors to determine whether the move is in the best interests of the child. Some of the factors that a court may consider include:

  • The Reasons For Relocation: The court will consider the reasons for the move, such as a job opportunity or a change in living circumstances.
  • The Impact On The Child’s Relationship With Each Parent: The court will consider how the move will affect the child’s relationship with each parent, including the feasibility of maintaining regular contact and the potential for a meaningful relationship between the child and the noncustodial parent.
  • The Child’s Current Living Arrangements: The court will consider the child’s current living arrangements and whether the move would disrupt their stability and continuity.
  • The Child’s Age & Developmental Needs: The court will consider the child’s age and developmental needs and whether the move would meet those needs.
  • The Distance Of The Move: The court will consider the distance of the move and how it will affect the child’s relationship with each parent and the feasibility of maintaining regular contact.
  • The Noncustodial Parent’s Willingness & Ability To Maintain Regular Contact: The court will consider the non-custodial parent’s willingness and ability to maintain regular contact with the child and the feasibility of maintaining a meaningful relationship between the child and the noncustodial parent.
  • Availability Of Other Options: The court will consider whether there are other options available that would allow the custodial parent to achieve their goals while minimizing the disruption to the child’s relationship with the noncustodial parent.
factors Colorado courts consider in relocation cases


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What Should I Do If My Ex Relocates My Child Without My Permission?

It is illegal for a parent to relocate with a child during or after a divorce without the permission of the other spouse or the courts. Even if the parent has primary or sole custody, proper channels must be followed to gain permission to move, particularly if the move is out of state.


If your child is moved away without your permission or a court order, take immediate action. Contact the police if your child is in danger, and file for an emergency or expedited relocation hearing at the family court that created your custody order. The court may alter the custody agreement and hold your ex-spouse accountable for their actions.

Will I Still Be Able To See My Child If My Ex Relocates?

The court will ensure that the non-custodial parent can continue to have access to their child, as long as it is in the child’s best interest. If the parents cannot come to an agreement, the court will create a new parenting schedule that clearly outlines the parenting time for each parent. This schedule will take into account factors such as the distance between the parents and the cost and frequency of travel. The child’s parenting time may be split between Colorado and the state where the child has relocated.

What Is Are CFI's & PRE's?

CFI stands for Child and Family Investigator and a PRE stands for Parental Responsibilities Evaluator. Both are court-appointed professionals who are responsible for conducting investigations and evaluations related to child custody and parenting time disputes in family court proceedings.


A Child and Family Investigator (CFI) is appointed by the court to conduct an investigation and make recommendations to the court regarding child custody and parenting time issues. The CFI will typically interview the parents, the child, and other relevant parties, gather information and evidence, and provide a report to the court outlining their findings and recommendations.


A Parental Responsibilities Evaluator (PRE) is similar to a CFI but with a different focus. A PRE is appointed by the court to evaluate the parties and make recommendations to the court regarding the allocation of parental responsibilities, which include decision-making and parenting time. The PRE will typically conduct psychological evaluations, review relevant information and evidence, and provide a report to the court outlining their findings and recommendations.


Both the CFI and PRE’s role is to provide the court with information and recommendations to assist them in making decisions that are in the best interests of the child(ren).



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