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Somerset County Child Relocation Lawyers

After a court determines a child custody agreement, it’s not uncommon for the lives of either parent, or their child, to change–and sometimes significantly. Often, after a divorce, the custodial parent will wish to move out of state with their child, either due to a job change, personal preference, or otherwise. Unsurprisingly, non-custodial parents often contest this move, as it will potentially negatively impact their relationship with their child. In cases where an agreement cannot be arranged between parents, the custodial parent will need court approval. If you’re seeking to move away with your child or are opposing a move, contact our seasoned Somerset child relocation lawyers today.

Child Relocation Lawyers: Here for Families in New Jersey

Most people underestimate the complexity of child relocation cases. That is why it is extremely important to hire an experienced child custody lawyer in Somerset who knows the law and has experience in these types of cases. Under New Jersey law, neither parent can remove a child from the State of New Jersey without consent from the other parent or a Court Order. If you’re seeking a court order or oppose one, contact the skilled Somerset County child custody lawyers at the Law Offices of Kesha M. Hebbon, LLC today.

Factors Considered When Determining Relocation

In making a determination as to whether the relocation should be permitted, the Court considers what is in the best interest of the child and the following factors:

  • Reasons given for the move;
  • Reasons given for opposition;
  • Past history of dealings between parties as it bears on reasons advanced by both parties for supporting and opposing move;
  • Whether the child will receive educational, health, and social opportunities at least equal to what is available here;
  • Any special needs or talents of a child that require accommodation and whether such accommodation or its equivalent is available in the new location;
  • Whether a visitation and communication schedule can be developed that would allow the non-custodial parent to maintain a full and continuous relationship with the child;
  • The likelihood that the custodial parent will continue to foster the child’s relationship with the non-custodial parent if the move is allowed;
  • Effect of move on extended family relationships here and at the new location;
  • If the child is of age, his or her preference;
  • Whether the child is entering his or her senior year in high school, at which point he or she should generally not be moved until graduation without his or her consent;
  • Whether the non-custodial parent has the ability to relocate;
  • Any other factors bearing on the child’s interests.

Importantly, relocation with a child is not automatic; the parent looking to move away will need to ultimately prove that a move would be in the child’s best interests. If the parent opposing the move can prove relocation would act against a child’s best interests, the court will likely deny it.

This is why it’s so important that you have a skilled team of child custody lawyers in your corner, no matter what side you’re on. Our legal team stands ready to advocate for your child’s best interests, every step of the way.

Contact Our Child Relocation Lawyers Today

The Somerset child relocation lawyers at the Law Offices of Kesha M. Hebbon, LLC have extensive experience helping families with complex child relocation issues. If you’re facing a relocation issue of any kind, contact the Law Offices of Kesha M. Hebbon, LLC today.

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