It has long been a tradition in the United States for people to move in search of jobs, companions or other opportunities. However, people are moving about half as much today as they did 50 years ago. While researchers are not sure what has caused this trend, they suspect that it may have something to do with divorce rates and child custody arrangements.
Researchers generally say that a person has migrated if he or she moves to a different state. While some suggest that the decline in moves may be because of the economy, historical data shows that economic conditions have had little effect on migration. Researchers have also considered the possibility that homeownership patterns and an aging population are the cause. However, they have found no correlation between those factors and migration.
In general, those who are divorced and have children are less likely to move compared to those who have divorced but didn’t have children. This may be because a parent with a child is still linked to that other parent as well as the child. Overall, people are more likely to make important decisions based in part on what their loved ones may be doing.
Issues such as parenting time and child custody may be impacted based on where a child’s parents live. In some cases, a parenting plan may be based around the idea that both parents live near the child. If a separated couple can’t come up with a parenting plan on their own, they may have to go to court. An attorney may be able to help a parent secure child custody or alimony.