I think the court is more likely to allow you to move if you can provide them these answers...
- Is there a support network where you are?
- Will the move better the child(ren)s lives? How?
- Do you have things lined up (a way to support them? Job? Place to live?)
- How will visits be handled? Will you be willing to bring them back to their dad and/or pay for the transportation?
- Do you have a way to keep the kid in contact with the other parent between visits (email, phone calls, etc)?
Also, I think you will have to realize that moving farther away will almost definately mean longer visits for the kids. Instead of every other weekend it's more likely to be most of the summer and school breaks. I've also heard of some cases where the court will allow the parent to move the child out of state, but that parent is responsible for all costs related to transporting the child to and from visits with the dad (the thinking there is that the dad didn't move away, the mom did and so the mom should be prepared to handle the added expenses).
Steph, DH Jason (1-1-11), DS Owen (10-3-03) and DS Kai (10-13-11)