Divorced or separated parents could face tougher restrictions, if they want to move far away from the other parent.

Current law requires custodial parents to file with the court if one of them plans to relocate the child more than 150 miles from the other parent. State Representative Fred Kestell (R-Elkhart Lake) says a change is needed in that law though, because it based on an outdated model. He's introducing legislation that would require court action if a child is moved more than 20 miles away from a parent. It would also prevent the kid from being moved until the other parent has chance to object.

The Elkhart Lake Republican says an updated system would help prevent disruptions for many children. He says simply moving a child to a new school district can be very disruptive for a child, and the law should help to do what's in their best interest.

The legislation also changes what factors the court must consider when deciding if a child can be moved.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (MP3 1:06)

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