08 Aug Relocating for a Job and Child Custody
Maybe you finally found the job of your dreams in another state. Perhaps you want to move closer to your family so they can help care for your children. In an ideal situation, you could move wherever you wanted – but not when you have a child custody agreement in place.
Child custody situations after a divorce are challenging enough. Scheduling, visitation, drop-offs – these aspects get only more complicated when one parent moves across state lines. It’s not uncommon for disputes to arise, especially if no agreement is in place. In these situations, the courts must decide if the move is in the best interest of the children.
Child Custody Relocation Laws – New Jersey
Each state is different when it comes to custodial parents relocating with their child. According to New Jersey law, the custodial parent must discuss the situation with the noncustodial parent first. The move to another state will be granted only if the other parent consents or if the court grants permission.
If the non-custodial parent does consent to the move, the agreement should ideally be in writing. This is to avoid any misunderstandings. If the non-custodial parent does not consent to the move, the custodial parent can ask for the court’s permission.
Good Faith Reason For Relocation
New Jersey requires that the custodial parent has a good faith reason for the move. For example, moving closer to family to help support the child, going back to school or accepting a job offer would be valid reasons. Simply wanting to move away from the other parent as revenge is not justification for a move.
The moving parent must also provide a parenting plan that outlines visitation, parenting time and transportation, as well as communication methods.
A noncustodial parent can respond the motion and state reasons why the child should stay in New Jersey. The court will consider these factors, but ultimately make a decision based on the child’s best interests.
Learn More About Child Custody Laws With New Jersey Attorney Jeffrey M. Bloom
Child custody laws can be confusing, as there are some limitations. Hackensack family law attorney Jeffrey M. Bloom can help you navigate through the laws so you can take on that exciting new job in another state without negatively affecting your child custody arrangements. Call The Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Bloom for a consultation at (855) 208-3650.