Can My Daughter-in-law’s Ex Keep Her and My Son From Moving Out of State?

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‘We live in South Carolina and my son is getting married to a girl that had a daughter by her last boy friend. The girl and her boy friend were not married but he does pay some small amount of child support although they have not been to court. He sees his daughter about three times a month. My son and his new wife are moving to Alaska where my son has a new job with the federal government. Can the ex-boy friend keep my son and his wife from moving to Alaska?’

Question: It’s possible, depending on the specifics of the case, but not very likely, given that the move is for a legitimate reason (your son’s job). What is more likely is that your son’s wife will be ordered to pay at least half of the cost of travel required to allow her ex to exercise his time with their child.