Can I Move out of the State with my child/children?

Child Custody and Relocation Attorneys in Morris County New Jersey

With more than 10 years of experience practicing law throughout the State of New Jersey and co-founder of Jacobs Berger, Sarah J. Jacobs, Esq has developed a concentration in litigation involving child custody and relocation issues. She has also actively contributed with articles in different specialized magazines like the New Jersey Law Journal, with titles such as “How Do You handle Custody and Visitation When Domestic Partners Separate?”*

In this video, Sarah explains the aspects that should be taken into consideration when relocating children out of the state of New Jersey. It is not as easy as driving a car across the border, it takes more than that. Learn more about these issues in the following video.

Parenting Time Issues

Many times when there are custody and parenting time issues involved, the client would ask us whether they can relocate out of the state of New Jersey whether it to be a neighboring state like New York, or Connecticut, or whether it be to a state farther away like California or Illinois. We have to give them a very fact sensitive answer in that scenario. Generally, without the other parent´s consent or an order of the court, you can not simply move out of the state of New Jersey. Without coming to some kind of conclusion or some kind of custody and parenting time schedule that will serve the best interests of the child.

Relocation Hearing to Determine Child’s Best Interests

Many times, these issues come to ahead and we have to have what is called a relocation hearing in front of the judge where the judge has to determine whether it is in the child´s best interest to move out of the state with the parent that is requesting relocation or whether the court finds for a variety of factors that the child would be best served by staying within the borders of the State of New Jersey.  Again, just like we discussed with custody and parenting time, this is a fact-sensitive situation. There is no bright-line rule other than without consent or a court order movement is not necessarily an agreed-upon solution.

Contact our seasoned Morris County Family Lawyers today

At Jacobs Berger, we have experience with virtually all types of relocation cases. We can guide you through the entire process of deciding on a custody arrangement or amending an existing arrangement to permit the relocation.

To successfully navigate relocation, you need an experienced lawyer who understands how to assess and evaluate these cases. We have the proven experience you need to successfully settle your child custody relocation matter.

You should not have to deal with a family law issue alone. Contact our attorneys at Jacobs Berger at our Morristown office for help. We have the experience you need. Call us at 973-718-7705 or check our online form for more information about child custody or relocation.

*“How Do You handle Custody and Visitation When Domestic Partners Separate?,”, New Jersey Law Journal, Volume CLXXI, Number 10, Index 754, March 3, 2003

About the Author:

Sarah Jacobs is dedicated to protecting the interests of clients in family law proceedings. Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, and Qualified as a Mediator, Sarah possesses close to 15 years of experience practicing law throughout the State of New Jersey. Together with partner Jamie N. Berger, Esq. their boutique Morristown family law firm is managed with the goal of providing high-quality service tailored to each client's individual needs. In her capacity as both a family law mediator and litigator, Sarah works with negotiation-minded clients in a cooperative setting. She is also a skilled litigator with the knowledge needed to take even the most complex cases to court, if necessary.

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