NJ Changes Standard for Child Relocation

This week, New Jersey’s Supreme Court has officially changed their stance on how decisions will be made regarding custodial parent relocation with a child. This is the result of the case of Bisbing v. Bisbing. For the last 16 years, the court generally ruled that custodial parents could relocate out of New Jersey with the child as long as the parent could prove that the move was being “made in good faith and was not inimical to the child’s best interests.”

As of August 8, 2017, the parents who wish to relocate out of state will have to prove that the move would be in the best interest of the child or children. Now, just because the move might be best for the parent, it may not be granted by the court if it is not best for the child.

Some of the factors that will have to be assessed in order to determine whether the relocation will be in the best interest of the child include the impacts the move will have on the child’s education, the child’s living arrangement, the child’s social life, among others. Relocating with a child can be devastating to the noncustodial parent and may have a profound impact on their relationship with the child.

If you have questions about the new relocation standards in New Jersey, it is important that you consult with an experienced family law attorney who can provide you with assistance.

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