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Relocation (Change of Domicile)

If you should relocate after a divorce in which children are involved, relocation may mean seeing less of your children. In joint custody cases, you may not be allowed to take the child with you when you move. Relocation can be tricky to resolve, so understand your rights before relocating to ensure you always get to see your child.

Pursuant to Michigan statute, the domicile of minor children cannot be removed from the State of Michigan without the approval of the court, nor can a parent relocate a child more than 100 miles from the child's legal residence at the time of the commencement of the action for divorce. A parent's change of a child's legal residence is not restricted if the other parent consents (still need the court to approve), or if the court permits the residence change.


Todd M. Weiss, B.A., J.D.
3967 Lotus Dr. Waterford, Mi 48329
E-mail: toddmweiss@sbcglobal.net      Telephone number (248) 830-7634