Child Relocation Attorneys in New Jersey
Protecting Your Parental Rights in Marlton & Northfield
If you have decided to relocate with your child, you are required to receive approval from the court before relocating. The relocation must be for a valid reason (such as for a new job), and you must provide advanced notice if you are moving a considerable distance from the non-custodial parent.
Whatever you do, avoid making the move without contacting the other parent and without notifying the court. Failure to do so could land you in major trouble with the court. If you’re considering relocating, the best course of action is to speak with one of our relocation lawyers in Marlton & Northfield at Burnham Douglass Attorneys at Law to learn more about how you should approach your relocation, and what you need to do to seek approval.
Common Reasons for Parental Relocation
When parents divorce, they often plan out a new chapter of their lives and may relocate for a variety of reasons.
Situations that would merit modifying an existing order include:
- Moving for new employment
- Remarriage to a spouse living in another city or state
- Moving to be closer to extended family
- Moving to continue one’s education
- Moving to an area with a more affordable cost of living
Relocating is not an easy decision, as it can affect your child’s well-being, paternity issues, and custody/visitation orders. Make sure you discuss your concerns with an attorney to help minimize conflict and disputes.
How Do Courts Decide When to Approve Relocation Requests?
As long as you are not relocating solely to sever contact with your child’s other parent or to prevent him or her from seeing your child, there is a chance the court may grant your relocation.
The courts will consider the following factors when deciding whether to approve a relocation:
- If the parent’s reason for relocation is sound – such as for a new job, remarriage, military obligations, etc.
- How the move will affect the child and his or her best interests
- How the move will affect the child’s relationship with the other parent and relatives
- How the move will affect child visitation
- The distance from the non-custodial parent
In relocation cases, you are required to make arrangements for visitation and resolve who will shoulder the costs for these visits. It is better to take care of matters like these now rather than wait for a dispute to arise. There is a lot to consider in parental relocation cases, so it is important that you prepare your petition carefully and thoroughly with the help of our team.
Relocation Disputes in New Jersey
If you are a parent who is contesting the relocation of your child, we can also work to provide fair and reasonable solutions to your relocation dispute. Our lead attorney is a Certified Mediator who knows how to handle contested family law matters. Our goal is always to settle cases in a manner that is amicable and to everyone’s satisfaction.
Talk to a New Jersey Relocation Lawyer at Burnham Douglass Attorneys at Law
At Burnham Douglass Attorneys at Law, our dedicated team of attorneys works hard to make sure our clients’ rights are protected at all costs. We understand the sensitive nature of cases involving your family and how stressful a relocation dispute can be on both you and your child. You can count on us to prepare your case diligently and fight for the best possible outcome.
Our offices are conveniently located in Marlton & Northfield, New Jersey, and we proudly serve clients throughout Atlantic County, Burlington County and Camden County.
You don’t have to wait to discuss your case with a member of our team. We offer same-day appointments, as well as after-hours and weekend appointments. Give us a call at 856-751-5505 or contact us online.