Intent to Relocate Letter

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Letter of Intent to Move Out of State: What Should the Notice Say?

Under Tennessee parental relocation law, written notice must include four specific disclosures:

  1. A statement of the parent’s intent to move.
  2. The actual place where the parent proposes to relocate. How far away? To what jurisdiction?
  3. The reason or reasons why the parent intends to relocate. Why is the parent planning to move away?
  4. A statement informing the non-relocating parent that he or she has 30 days to file a petition with the court opposing the move. (Begin counting those 30 days from the non-moving parent’s receipt of notice.)

Written notice need only be a letter of correspondence from one parent to the other containing the above four statements. Written notice could also be from the relocating parent’s attorney sent to the other party.

How Should Notice Be Sent?

In this, the relocation statute is very specific. Written notice must be sent to the non-relocating parent’s last known address by either registered mail or certified mail. That does not preclude using other means in addition to mailing, such as personal delivery. If the parent hands notice to the non-moving parent, then he or she is still required to send it by registered or certified mail.

Sample Relocation Letter to Ex Husband: Example Letter of Intent to Relocate

Dear Ex Husband,

As we discussed, please accept this letter as formal notice of my intent to move out of state with our children to Boston, Massachusetts.  My new husband has been transferred and promoted to a new position in the Boston office.  Pursuant to T.C.A. § 36-6-108, you have 30 days to file a petition with the court opposing the move.  You may want to discuss this with your attorney.

Please read our parenting plan.  We are required to mediate any parenting time dispute.  Please let me know if you want to schedule a mediation session now.  I appreciate your cooperation and consideration of everyone in this difficult situation.  Please know we are committed to making sure your parenting time is maximized when the children are not in school.

Thank you.

Comment:  While a relocating parent must be very diligent to comply with the statutory requirements of a relocation, bear in mind coming up with a new parenting plan that works for everyone, especially the children, is very important.  Many relocating parents may want to consider drafting a proposed parenting plan that allows very liberal visitation terms to the alternative residential parent (aka non custodial parent).  While requesting mediation is not a technically required to be in the letter, there are often strategic reasons to include that statement.  Certainly, discuss what should be in your letter with your attorney.


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