Child custody is a complex and emotional matter that parents must face when they get divorced. A lot of the time, one parent has somewhat more custody than the other, legally deeming them the custodial parent. If the custodial parent makes the decision that they would like to move out of the state of New York with the child, they will have to obtain permission from the child’s other parent. Of course, this often comes as a threat to the other parent’s relationship with the child, as they may feel as though they won’t get to spend as much time with their child. If the noncustodial parent opposes the move, they may have to take the matter to court.
The New York family court will always rule in the best interests of the child. When a judge has to rule on matters of relocation, they will take a variety of factors into consideration, some of which include the following:
- The bond between the child and each parent
- The impact of the move on the child’s future contact with the noncustodial parent
- The impact of the move on the child’s relationship with extended family members
- The practicality of maintaining a meaningful relationship with the noncustodial parent
- The disruption to the child’s social and academic life
- The reason the custodial parent seeks the move and the reason the other opposes it
- The improved quality of life for the parent and child because of the move
- The economic, educational, or other unforeseen harm if the move is not permitted
If you have questions about relocating with a child, contact our firm today.
The Pollack Law Firm, P.C. understands that divorce and family law matters can be very complicated and emotional. They require strong legal representation from a compassionate attorney. Robert Pollack is an experienced divorce and family law attorney in Long Island, New York. Contact The Pollack Law Firm, P.C., to set up a free initial consultation.