Sharing Custody And Parental Relocation

Whether for a job or to be closer to family, many people in New Jersey choose to relocate to another city or state. However, when you are a parent who shares child custody, relocating becomes much more personally and legally complicated.

At Deitch & Perone, P.C., we help parents who are facing child custody issues like relocation discover solutions that protect their parental rights and provide for their child's well-being and best interests.

Moving When You Share Child Custody

If you share child custody and plan to relocate, it is very important not to violate the terms of any existing custody order and to go through the proper legal channels. In some cases, you and your ex may be able to agree to new custody and visitation terms and present those terms to a family law judge who may grant a modification of your custody order.

When it comes to parental relocation and the modification of child custody terms, the courts examine and consider numerous factors, including:

  • Reason for the move
  • Any parental opposition
  • Ability and commitment of custodial and noncustodial parent to remain a part of a child's life
  • Child's age and educational commitments
  • Effect on a child's relationships with extended family members
  • Relationship of parents and each parent's ability and willingness to foster a healthy relationship between their child and the other respective parent
  • Whether child has any special needs
  • If and how a child's best interests are being furthered

Talk To A Lawyer About Your Relocation Case

If you have an existing custody order in New Jersey and plan to move or learn that your ex plans to move, contact an attorney at our firm today to discuss your questions and to learn more about your options. Call 908-264-2067, or contact us online today. With office locations in West Long Branch and Scotch Plains, we help families discover custody solutions that meet their unique needs.