Bergen County Move-Away Lawyer
When divorced parents (or parents who were never married) wish to relocate for personal or professional reasons, it can create a difficult child custody situation. If you live in Bergen County and want to move, or if your child’s other parent wants to move, you may be wondering how relocation may impact your child custody arrangement.
At Arons & Solomon, we have over 150 years of experience handling issues that arise in relocation cases. We know it can be stressful to navigate a child relocation without an experienced family law attorney.
Contact our office today at (201) 487-1199 to speak to a knowledgeable Bergen County move-away lawyer. We offer free case consultations. Once we hear from you, we will help you develop a legal strategy that meets your family law needs.
How Can Arons & Solomon Help Me in My Bergen County Child Relocation Case?
If you’re asking yourself “Am I allowed to relocate with my child?” or “Can you prevent your child from moving away?” we are here to help you understand your rights and responsibilities about child relocation. We maintain a selective caseload so that we can provide personalized service to each of our clients.
Parents may wish to move to further their career goals or to be closer to extended family. If either parent is considering moving out of state, it is important to understand how the state of New Jersey handles issues of relocation. At Arons & Solomon, our Bergen County divorce attorneys do more than provide legal advice.
Here’s what you can expect if you hire our dedicated legal team to help you with your Bergen County move-away case:
- Personalized legal representation. We take a personal approach to each case. Every family is unique and we search for the facts that strengthen your case.
- Thorough documentation. Our knowledgeable relocation lawyers know that detailed documentation can help support our client’s position. We gather all the evidence needed to establish that a relocation is in the best interests of the child.
- Expert analysis. When relocation is hotly contested, it can help to bring in objective evaluation. We work with New Jersey’s top experts in pediatrics and mental health to determine how a relocation may impact your child’s mental or physical health.
- Thoughtful mediation and negotiation. We know that each issue that parents deal with can impact the family dynamics in the future. We endeavor to keep conflict low when possible.
If we cannot get an agreement from your child’s other parent, we will be well-prepared to litigate your matter in court.
Reach out to our office today to learn more about New Jersey family law and child relocation. We offer free case evaluations and we are waiting to work with you on your case. If you or the child’s other parent are considering moving, you should promptly establish an attorney-client relationship to preserve your legal rights.
Overview of Relocation
Whether you or your child’s other parent can move depends on the circumstances of your case.
What Does New Jersey Family Law Say About Child Relocation?
New Jersey Statutes Annotated Section 9:2-2 states that a child cannot be removed from the jurisdiction of the Superior Court handling the case without the consent of both parents or an order of the court allowing the move.
If the parents cannot agree, the family court must decide.
Can I Move Away With My Child to Another State?
For short-distance moves that will not change the custody arrangement, parenting time, or parenting plan, it may be possible to reach an agreement between the parents through informal negotiation or formal mediation. Our Bergen County family law attorneys are skilled mediators and we may be able to help you resolve your child relocation dispute without resorting to a court hearing.
If both parents agree to the move, the non-moving parent will need to sign a consent agreement. Getting an agreement out of court can save time, money, and stress for the whole family.
For disputed interstate moves, the law requires the court to evaluate whether the parent wishing to relocate can show that “cause” exists for the relocation. New Jersey courts will only permit relocation if a parent can establish “cause” and show that the relocation is in the best interests of the child.
What Factors Are Considerations in Move Away Cases?
Parents have to show that there’s a reasonable and legitimate “cause” for moving out of state. In other words, if a parent is going to move out of state and asking to take a child with them, there has to be a good reason for a court to approve that request.
For instance, let’s say a custodial parent’s job is transferred out of state. In order to remain employed, the parent has to move. That might be a reasonable justification for the move. On the other hand, if a custodial parent’s new romantic partner moves out of state and the parent wants to follow, that’s probably an insufficient basis to uproot a child’s life.
At the end of the day, whether or not a move away order will be granted boils down to what is in the child’s best interests.
This means considering things like:
- The number of children affected and their ages
- The child’s relationship with their parents
- The child’s home life
- The fitness of each parent to provide and care for their children
- The child’s connection to their community and their quality of life there
- Domestic violence, drug abuse, or alcohol addiction
- The stability of the child’s current home life
Would it be in the child’s best interests to move away from their current home when all of the above factors (and more) are considered? That’s the most important question that you have to ask.
Does it Matter Whether the Custodial or Non-Custodial Parent Wants to Relocate?
The New Jersey Supreme Court does not distinguish between custodial or non-custodial parents who wish to relocate. If a non-custodial parent desires to move without bringing the child with them, they are free to do so.
However, even this kind of move can create a need to re-work a parenting plan or change parenting time. Our experienced New Jersey family law attorneys can help you get everything in order so that you can still enjoy time with your child after your move.
Representing Parents and Families Across Northern New Jersey
Arons & Solomon provides compassionate and effective legal representation to parents throughout Bergen County and North Jersey. Contact us for help if you have questions or need assistance with a relocation case in:
- Franklin Lakes
- Upper Saddle River
- Old Tappan
- Saddle River
- And other areas
We’re here to help you find the best solution for you and your family. Call today.
Contact Our Bergen County Move Away Lawyers Today
You may need to move quickly to create an attorney-client relationship if you or your child’s other parent want to relocate with the child. Depending on the time of year, it may be important to get started immediately working to resolve any disputed child relocations in time for a new school year or to make the move before a big family get-together. Reach out to our experienced Bergen County move-away lawyers today to get started on your child relocation case.