When parents separate or divorce, child custody arrangements are often one of the most contentious issues. But what happens when one parent wants to relocate with the child? This can add an additional layer of complexity to an already difficult situation. This blog post will discuss how relocation affects child custody and what you need to know.
Understanding the Law
First, you must know that relocation laws vary by state. In New Jersey, a custodial parent cannot relocate with a child without the other parent's consent or a court order. If the other parent objects, the custodial parent must prove that the move is in the child's best interests. Understanding the law and how it applies to your situation is important.
Communicate with the Other Parent
If you are considering relocating with your child, it's important to communicate with the other parent as soon as possible. This can help prevent misunderstandings and conflicts down the road. Try to work together to come up with a plan that works for everyone, including a new visitation schedule.
Consider the Child's Best Interests
When making relocation decisions, it's important to consider the child's best interests. This includes factors such as the child's relationship with both parents, the child's age and developmental needs, and the impact of the move on the child's education and social life. It's important to weigh the potential benefits of the move against the potential negative effects on the child.
Seek Professional Advice
Relocation cases can be complex and emotional. It's important to seek professional advice from an experienced family law attorney who can help guide you through the process. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and obligations and can represent you in court if necessary.
Be Prepared for Court
If the other parent objects to the relocation, you may need to go to court to seek permission to move. This can be a stressful and emotional process, but it's important to be prepared. Make sure you have all the necessary documentation, including evidence of the potential benefits of the move and a proposed visitation schedule. Be prepared to present your case in court and to answer any questions the judge may have.
Work with a Child Custody Attorney
Relocation can have a significant impact on child custody arrangements. If you need assistance with a relocation case, Sherwood, Johnson & Poles can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. (888) 224-1218