When parents in New Jersey share custody of a child, one of the issues that is likely to arise is what happens if the custodial parent wishes to move out of the state with the child. Relocation cases are often very emotional for parents and the child, typically because the noncustodial parent fears that their relationship with the child may suffer. However, a custodial parent cannot just move out of New Jersey with the child without getting permission from the noncustodial parent or approval from the court first. This is often very difficult to do, especially when the noncustodial parent opposes the move.

When relocation matters end up in New Jersey’s family court system, the court will require the parent who wishes to move to prove that moving out of New Jersey is in the best interest of the child. This provision was recently changed in August 2017 because previously, having a relocation request approved was a bit more lenient. When determining whether the move is in the best interest of the child, the court will take a variety of factors into consideration including the impact of the move on the relationship between the child and the noncustodial parent, the reason the noncustodial parent opposes the move, and how the move may impact the child’s social and academic life, among many others.

If you have questions about relocation, contact our firm today.

Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC is a divorce and family law firm serving clients in Sussex, Morris, and  Passaic County and throughout New Jersey with compassionate, quality legal services. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation.