When divorced parents share custody of a child, one issue that may arise is what happens if the custodial parent wants to move out of New Jersey and take the child with them. Often, the noncustodial parent may fear that if the child moves away, their relationship may diminish and they may not spend much time with the child anymore, which can be devastating. In August 2017, the family court system in New Jersey actually ruled that in order for a parent to relocate out of state with the child, the parent that wishes to move will be required to prove that the move is in the child’s best interests.
The court will consider many different factors when determining whether a parent should be permitted to relocate. Some of these include:
- The reason for the move
- The reason that the noncustodial parent opposes the move
- The child’s relationship with each parent and the impact that the move will have on those relationships
- The impact of the move on the child’s social and academic life
- The impact of the move on the child’s relationships with other family members
Of course, any matter that relates to child custody is very emotional for parents. If you need legal assistance, contact our firm today.
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