The potential impact of a custodial parent’s relocation

When parents in New Jersey and throughout the country get divorced, they must keep the best interests of their children in mind. This means that it may not necessarily be a good idea to move to a new state, and it can be even harder to justify if it means taking the child further from the other parent. However, a relocation may get the blessing of a judge or the child’s other parent if it’s done for a legitimate reason.

For instance, if it is to pursue a job with a higher salary or to be closer to family, there may be less resistance from other interested parties. Parents who are planning on moving with their children should be able to show how it is in the child’s best interest. It may also be necessary to propose adjustments to a custody or visitation schedule as a condition of being allowed to relocate.

In some cases, a higher salary or being closer to other family members isn’t enough to justify a relocation. This is because the child may need a relationship with the other parent more than increased financial security or proximity to cousins and grandparents. It is possible that simply adjusting a visitation schedule won’t be enough to make up for regular contact with the noncustodial parent.

In a child custody matter, the needs of the children generally trump the needs of the parents. Therefore, it may necessary to stay relatively close to home for the child’s sake even if it means passing on a professional opportunity. An attorney may be able to work with a parent in an effort to come to a positive resolution to a child custody matter. In some cases, an agreement may come in private talks or during mediation.