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Relocation With Child Custody

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Are you a divorced parent with child custody looking to relocate with your children? Or a divorced parent looking to challenge the unnecessary relocation of your co-parent with your children? Relocation can pose a stressful dilemma for even the most stable divorced families. Petitioning for a relocation with children—or contesting one—requires vigilant counsel ready to make your voice heard in the courtroom.

At The Law Office of Keith M. Casella, P.C., I bring more than 16 years of legal experience as a Staten Island family law attorney to each case. I have handled a wide array of different divorce and family law matters for my clients and my proactive and compassionate approach ensures that the concerns and goals of my clients remain an absolute priority.

Do not face your relocation matter without a fierce advocate by your side. Call my team at (718) 557-9137 today.

The Best Interests Of The Child

The easiest way to understand the court's stance on relocation is to think of it as a re-evaluation of the custody arrangement. Just as when custody was decided, the best interests are the most important factor in rendering a decision.

Common considerations during relocation petition include:

  • Why does the custodial parent want to move?
  • Will the move ultimately benefit the child?
  • How will move affect the child's health? Their education?
  • Will the move affect the parenting time of the non-custodial parent?
  • Will the move affect the child's relationship with the non-custodial parent?
  • Will the move affect the child's access to extended family?
  • What are the child's ties to their current community?
  • Will the move allow both parents continue to collaborate on the child's upbringing?

It's important to understand that even short distance moves by a custodial parent—that presumably wouldn't affect a custody arrangement—need to be approved by the court. If a custodial parent moves without notifying the co-parent or the court, the court is likely to consider it a violation of the custody agreement and may take action to alter the family's custody arrangement.

No matter what side of a relocation petition you might be on, I am ready to assist you. Fill out an online form to request a free, no-obligation consultation with my team.

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