Can a Custodial Parent Move a Child to Another County?

In Wisconsin, moving within close proximity or county is usually not considered a relocation. Any move over 100 miles will require a relocation motion to be filed with the court. Any move under 100 miles that will make the placement schedule impractical will also require you to file a motion.

Attorney Austin Miller of Sterling Law Offices explains the Wisconsin State statute for moving your child away from the other parent.

In Wisconsin, any move under 100 miles that will make the placement schedule impractical and cause difficulty in placement schedules will need to be addressed. If the move is over 100 miles, you’ll need to file a motion with the courts, or get an agreement with the other parent.

If you do get an agreement for a move with the other parent, you’ll want to file a stipulation with the courts as this will likely impact the placement schedule. Additionally, you’ll want to do this for protection of both parties.

Keep in mind, as we often address in our blog and videos, joint custody is not the same as 50/50 placement. Custody is decision making. Placement affects how much time the children spend with each parent. The point for the state of Wisconsin to limit the ability of one parent to move away from the other, is to protect the placement time the children spend with each parent.