Pursuing Relocation In New York
As time goes by after a divorce, you or your ex-spouse will likely get a job offer that is out of the New York City metro area or embark on a new relationship that may include the need to change residences. According to New York law, relocation must be approved by the court, unless guidelines for relocation exist in the original custody agreement.
Defending Your Goals
At Bryant & Bleier, LLP, our family law practice is adept at both pursuing custodial parent relocations and appealing them. Our litigation experience places our clients at an advantage in courtroom deliberations. Here are some of the factors that the court looks at when determining if relocation is in the children’s best interests:
- Will the relocation improve the children’s educational, emotional and social well-being?
- Will there be continuity in the children’s relationship with the noncustodial parent?
- Will there be an equal or better financial situation at the new place of residence?
Transitions in life are rarely smooth, but our attorneys are understanding of your situation and will provide you with legal options through their counsel. If the noncustodial parent verbally agrees to the relocation, it is essential to receive consent in writing. Visitation schedules and child support arrangements will likely need modification due to the change of primary residence.