How do I Relocate With my Child After a Divorce in New Jersey?

Divorce allows two spouses to move on with their lives separately. However, if they have children together, their lives can still be intertwined in some ways. For example, if one parent has to relocate to a different city, state, or even country, they may want to bring their child with them. However, the other parent may oppose this move. During matters of relocation with a child after a divorce, parents may need the assistance of the court. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey family law attorney for help with your case.

How Does Custody Impact Relocation?

During New Jersey divorce proceedings, parents are required to determine child custody arrangements. This includes both physical and legal custody. Physical custody is in reference to the parent a child lives and spends most of their time with. Separate from this, legal custody gives a parent the right to have influence in their child’s upbringing. This ensures they have a say in important matters such as medical treatment, education, religion, and relocation. It is important for parents to always fight for legal custody, even if they do not have physical custody. This is because it gives them a chance to fight for their child to stay during cases of relocation. 

Relocation Laws in New Jersey

In 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court signed a law addressing children in family law matters. It requires the courts to make decisions regarding children with the “best interest” standard. This means they must make decisions that are in the child’s best interests, not just those of the parents. In order for a judge to act in favor of either parent, they are required to prove that moving or not moving is in the child’s best interests. In addition to this, the court will consider the following factors: 

  • The bond between the child and each parent
  • The impact of the move on the child’s established relationships
  • Education
  • Social life
  • The reasons for and against the move
  • Other implications of the child and custodial parent moving

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