I was granted temporary custody with my protection order. Can I move my kids out of the state?
Whether you can move out of the state with your kids may depend on the exact wording of the custody provision in your protection order. You may have to first seek the permission of the court before leaving. If the abuser was granted visitation rights with your children, then you may have to have the order changed, or show the court that there is a fair and realistic alternative to the current visitation schedule.
To read more about custody, please see our Custody page.
If you are unsure about whether or not you can take your kids out of the state, it is important to talk to lawyer who understands domestic violence and custody laws, and can help you make the safest decision for you and your children. You can find contact information for legal assistance organizations on our TN Finding a Lawyer page.