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      RS 9:355.14     


§355.14.  Factors to determine contested relocation

A.  In reaching its decision regarding a proposed relocation, the court shall consider all relevant factors in determining whether relocation is in the best interest of the child, including the following:

(1)  The nature, quality, extent of involvement, and duration of the  relationship of the child with the person proposing relocation and with the non-relocating person, siblings, and other significant persons in the child's life.

(2)  The age, developmental stage, needs of the child, and the likely impact the relocation will have on the child's physical, educational, and emotional development.

(3)  The feasibility of preserving a good relationship between the non-relocating person and the child through suitable physical custody or visitation arrangements, considering the logistics and financial circumstances of the parties.

(4)  The child's views about the proposed relocation, taking into consideration the age and maturity of the child.

(5)  Whether there is an established pattern of conduct by either the person seeking or the person opposing the relocation, either to promote or thwart the relationship of the child and the other party.

(6)  How the relocation of the child will affect the general quality of life for the child, including but not limited to financial or emotional benefit and educational opportunity.

(7)  The reasons of each person for seeking or opposing the relocation.

(8)  The current employment and economic circumstances of each person and how the proposed relocation may affect the circumstances of the child.

(9)  The extent to which the objecting person has fulfilled his financial obligations to the person seeking relocation, including child support, spousal support, and community property, and alimentary obligations.

(10)  The feasibility of a relocation by the objecting person.

(11)  Any history of substance abuse, harassment, or violence by either the person seeking or the person opposing relocation, including a consideration of the severity of the conduct and the failure or success of any attempts at rehabilitation.

(12)  Any other factors affecting the best interest of the child.

B.  The court may not consider whether the person seeking relocation of the child may relocate without the child if relocation is denied or whether the person opposing relocation may also relocate if relocation is allowed.

Acts 1997, No. 1173, §1; Acts 2012, No. 627, §1.

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