New Jersey Removal and Relocation Lawyer
During and after a divorce, parents may move to pursue professional and personal goals. While this can be difficult for a variety of reasons, an out-of-state relocation significantly complicates your child custody arrangement. Rather than face legal penalties due to violations of your child custody agreement, it’s always best to consult with a relocation lawyer before you move.
The custody attorneys at Cores & Associates are experienced at dealing with cases involving requests for one parent to relocate out of New Jersey with a child or children. There are few other cases that test the court, or parents more than a removal case. Often the end result of a parent moving out of New Jersey is a significant reduction in the amount of time the non-moving parent sees his or her children. However, in our very mobile society, moving is inevitable. You need a trusted advocate that can successfully navigate complicated removal cases.
How Do New Jersey Child Custody Laws Deal With a Parent’s Relocation?
The legal standard applicable to a removal case is what is in the best interests of the child. There has been a recent decision from the NJ Supreme Court which has changed the standard. It has become exponentially more difficult to move a child out of state. This may run contrary to the new global economy and mobile lifestyles of many parents.
For years, a New Jersey relocation lawyer would apply a series of factors to their clients’ cases and determine whether moving a child out-of-state was appropriate, considering both the parents and the child’s interests. However, in a 2017 decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court significantly changed this analysis.
Sometimes, an out-of-state move is in a child’s best interests. At Cores & Associates, we carefully analyze children’s interests, weighing the closeness of the bond between each parent and child, the quality and continuity of their education, their health, welfare, and emotional development, and the impact on their other familial relationships.
Removal cases are complex and require the help of a trusted legal professional. To learn more about how we can help you navigate a removal case, contact our office for a free consultation.
Can I Prevent My Child’s Out-of-State Relocation?
We know how much our clients value their parenting time. If your spouse, ex-spouse, or the parent of your child is planning on moving out-of-state, you need to consult with a lawyer immediately. Moving a child out of New Jersey is not always in their best interests. We can help you evaluate your situation and apply New Jersey child custody standards to your case.
What Will the Courts Consider in a Relocation Case?
For example, you and the courts must consider whether a move will seriously impact the following:
- Your child’s health and safety
- Their emotional and developmental needs
- Their education and intellectual development
- The stability of their home environment
- Their bond with the non-custodial parent, siblings, and other close relatives
Relocation Cases Require the Help of a Legal Expert
Fighting a child’s removal can be a difficult as well as emotional process. These cases require extensive legal and technical knowledge, you should always consult with a lawyer before you start this process or to defend against a request to move. Cores & Associates offers no-risk, confidential consultations to parents who are dealing with removal issues. For more information, contact our office today.
Can My Child’s Other Parent Move Without My Permission?
New Jersey law is very clear — you cannot move your child out-of-state without the permission of the other parent or the courts. If a parent relocates their child without a valid child custody agreement or court order, they could face serious penalties.
What If Your Ex-Spouse Tries to Move?
You should immediately speak with an attorney who can advise you on the best actions to take based on the unique facts and circumstances of your case. Attorneys can be expensive, but you cannot put a price tag on the safety and welfare of your children. An attorney can help you take the appropriate steps to protect your child’s safety and ensure their quick return.
What If You Are Considering a Move?
If you are a parent who is considering an out-of-state move, consult with a family law lawyer early on in the process. Revising a child custody agreement can take time. We can help you build a plan that protects your parenting rights and helps you achieve your goals.
Request a Consultation With a New Jersey Relocation Lawyer Today
The experienced New Jersey removal attorneys at Cores & Associates can help you navigate removal cases. Whether you are seeking to move, or trying to stop a parent from moving, our attorneys are here to assist you.