Q: I live in Idaho and my ex lives out of state. I am wanting to move to Utah. I have sole physical and legal custody.
He has supervised visitation but hasn't seen our child since 2017. Do I have to inform him of the move or can I just take our order and file it down there? Our order doesn't mention anything about moving.
A: Just to be on the safe side: I would file a Motion for Permission to move. If you move to UT without informing your ex, all you're doing is giving him ammunition that he didn't have before. Once you file your Motion for Permission to Move, and send the father a copy, what do you think he'll do? Will he fight you? If he does, all he can do is admit that despite knowing where you and his child lives, he was too lazy to visit. But if you move without telling the father, you're giving him a chance to say that you've been hiding or somehow preventing him from seeing his child since 2017 and now you're moving the child to UT, further alienating your child's love and affection away from a father that loves his child! It's always better to get the court on your side by not taking custody into your own hands!
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