If you’re a parent with a child custody order in place, relocating to a new city will be challenging. However, if there is a great opportunity, such as a good school for your child or a better job for you, then it can be very difficult to simply let it go. This becomes even more difficult when you choose to move, for example, from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. The best way to go about this is to begin the arrangements for relocation.
Making relocation arrangements
When making a relocation arrangement, it’s generally best to sit down with the other parent and figure out how you can make the relocation work for everyone involved. This is the fairest way to go about the process. If you are not on good terms with your ex, however, it is highly recommended to seek the services of an attorney. You’ll need help to ensure that no stone goes unturned and that your needs are met.
Why it’s wise to make a relocation arrangement
Custody arrangements are complex enough on their own. If you add a move to that, it becomes even more complicated for everyone involved. Courts find relocation arrangements extremely important because it helps illustrate what will be in the child’s best interest. If you have joint custody, the courts will also need to determine who will be the child’s sole caregiver. This will be based on what location the child will have the best experience.
For convenience and to lower the relocation cost, it is advised to work out an agreement with the other parent. Only yourself and the other parent know what type of schedules you have on a daily basis and what things can get in the way. Unfortunately, collaboration won’t be possible for some exes. In this case, consider seeking legal advice as you update custody and living arrangements.