Understanding Child Custody Relocations
Child custody is an emotional and personally complicated matter. Parents must face the reality that the time with their child will be split and they will not be able to see their child every single day.
Relocation is another story altogether. Whether a custodial parent wants to move across the state or across the country, the matter becomes even more complex for all involved. Most parents work to establish a continuing and positive relationship with their children and the idea that a child will not be accessible on a regular basis can be devastating.
Even when one parent has sole custody, courts believe that the other parent should have visitation rights with the intent of rehabilitation and a future where he or she can be a positive part of the child’s life. Relocation has a major impact on the child, including established relationships, academics, social and religious life, and more. If you are engaged in a relocation dispute or any other child custody matter in New Jersey, The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC, is here for you. You can reach our Red Bank law offices by phone at 732-582-5061, or contact us online to arrange a legal consultation.
Protecting What Matters Most
New Jersey courts will always act in the best interests of the child and relocation is no exception. If the court does not agree that the move would benefit the child and, in some way, would have a negative impact, they may say no to relocation. Whether you are a parent requesting the move or a parent trying to stop it, you need experienced legal support to represent your needs. If you need our help, do not hesitate to call our Red Bank law firm.
What Factors Impact Relocations?
The main goal of any family court in New Jersey is to protect the interests of the child involved in the legal matter. Accordingly, they will examine the impact on the child first. A New Jersey family court believes that a child’s best interests are met when both parents have frequent access to the child, the factors in favor of the move must be overwhelmingly convincing.
The negative impact must be limited and the move should prove to benefit the child by improving his or her quality of life. Some factors related to the child may include:
- The bond with each parent
- The impact of the move on relationships
- The impact of the move on the child’s academic and social life
- The impact to the child’s quality of life
New Jersey courts will also address issues related to the parents, including the reason for and against the move, the impact on the custodial parent’s quality of life, and the unforeseen implications of the move on either parent.
Discuss Relocation With An Experienced Lawyer
Our law firm appreciates the complicated matter parents face when dealing with the topic of relocation. Whether you are requesting the court’s approval or denial of relocation, you need an attorney to represent you through the process.
We are ready to assess your case, guide you through all your legal options, and passionately advocate on your behalf. In some fortunate cases, couples have been able to come together and address the issue through mediation, avoiding the time and money spent on a contested court case. If you need an effective attorney to represent your needs, contact our law offices online or by phone at 732-582-5061.