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How a court will rule on a relocation case

When parents end a relationship with someone they have a child with (whether it is a divorce or romantic break-up), moving away to start a new life is a common occurrence. For the parent that is potentially being left behind, this can lead to a bevy of hard feelings. After all, having a child taken from a parent’s life can be emotionally devastating. Not to mention that a parent’s legal rights may be violated as well.

Because of this possibility, New Jersey law requires a custodial parent to seek the court’s permission before moving with the child to another jurisdiction. Family court judges have an interest in preserving relationships between non-custodial parents and their children.

This is not your father's custody plan

When you were a child, you may have had school friends whose divorced parents struggled with strained and inequitable custody orders. Your friends may have had only weekends or summers with their fathers or struggled to keep themselves organized between two different households. Maybe you were one of those children.

Fortunately, family advocates and the courts are seeing more clearly how important it is for parents to share the duties and blessings of raising their children, providing as much stability as possible for their families following a divorce. Because of this positive shift, more creative versions of child custody are available to families who are willing to try.

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