So my question is, has anybody distanced themselves from the other parent, how did you make it work??
Yes I have distanced myself from my child's father. He lives 16 hours away.
My situation is vastly different from yours. When I went to leave he let me. His family is where he is and mine is where I am.
I don't know what to tell you as he isn't even a part of his child's life and I'm presuming that your children's father is.
I think the best thing you should do if you are considering moving is speak to a lawyer. Your ex can have it stipulated that you can't move within so many Km of where you currently are or you revoke custody of your children to him.