Divorce and interstate migration

| Aug 21, 2016 | Divorce |

Ohio residents may be aware of a demographic trend that experts have found worthy of further study. Over the last 20 years, the tendency to move from one state to another has decreased remarkably.

The percentage of Americans who migrated from one state to another has fallen by almost half over the last 20 years. Demographic researchers have examined and excluded a wide variety of possible causes for this trend. The vagaries of the economy were once blamed for this, but the researchers note that the economy has swung remarkably over that time while the rate of decrease remained constant. Home ownership rates have also stayed at about the same level during this period.

A professor at the University of Connecticut claims to have found common threads between the divorce rate and the likelihood of relocation. His research showed that divorce was linked to a marked decrease in the propensity for relocation, and when children were involved in the former marriage the chance of moving was even smaller. The belief is grounded on child custody trends. In the past, courts almost always granted the mother physical custody, with the father being limited to periodic visitation. Now, joint custody is more common, and parents are loath to relocate to another state in fear of losing that right.

Child custody is often one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce. However, many parents whose marriages are ending want to do the right thing for their children, and they are aware that kids do better when they have frequent contact with both of their parents. As such, they may want to have their respective attorneys assist in preparing a co-parenting plan that sets forth schedules and guidelines and is in the best interests of their children.


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