After a divorce, it is commonplace for one parent to wish to move away with his or her child, however, this is not always possible. Relocation out of state is a complex family law matter, which is why if you are currently looking to move away with your child, you should strongly consider speaking with a knowledgeable Morristown child relocation lawyer today. Contact Graves Andrews, LLC to learn more about how our firm can assist you.
Do I Need a Morristown Child Relocation Lawyer?
If you are looking to relocate with your child within the state of New Jersey and your former spouse also lives in New Jersey, you most likely will not need the court’s permission to relocate. However, if you share custody of your child and you are looking to relocate out of state with your child, you must either obtain the other parent’s consent, or, if he or she opposes the move, the court’s consent. Our Morristown family law attorney is here to help.
Can I Move Out of State With My Child After a Divorce?
If your former spouse opposes the move, you and your Morristown child relocation lawyer will have to obtain permission from the courts for you to relocate out of state. That being said, the primary factor the court will consider when determining whether you can relocate with your child is the best interests of your child, so we will, essentially, have to prove that moving out of state is in your child’s best interests. This is not always easy, which is why courts will consider a wide array of factors when making their decision, including the following:
- Your reasoning for looking to relocate
- The other parent’s reasoning for opposing the move
- Whether the move will impact your child’s social life
- Whether the move will bring your child closer to family
- Whether the move will benefit your child economically or educationally
- The effect the move may have on the relationship the child has with his or her other parent
- If the child is old/mature enough, whether he or she has a preference
- Whether you are relocating to obtain a better job, thereby benefiting your child financially as well
- Whether you are relocating to move in with a new spouse
- Any other factor the court deems relevant
As previously stated, the most important factor is your child’s best interests, which is why you will need a knowledgeable Morristown family law attorney on your side who can work to prove that the relocation truly will benefit your child in the long run. For any other questions, give us a call today.
Contact a Morristown Child Relocation Lawyer
There are few things more important than protecting the interests of your child, and if you believe moving out of state will help ensure those interests are protected, our firm is ready to help. Contact Graves Andrews, LLC today to schedule your initial consultation.