Custody Relocation

Parents who have custody of a child often feel the need to relocate at some point in their post-divorce lives. Sometimes, parents need to relocate to take advantage of a new job opportunity. Some parents may want to move to be nearer to their extended family. In other cases, custodial parents may simply want to live in a city that offers a safer environment for their child.

Parents may not have any trouble with a short-range move, but a more distant relocation could lead to serious legal issues. Custodial parents are not allowed to relocate a child if the move would infringe upon the custodial rights of the other parent. Parents considering relocation, therefore, must take care to ensure the move is acceptable within the law.

If you are a custodial parent planning to relocate or a noncustodial parent wishing to contest a planned move, our law firm can help you protect your rights. When you schedule a consultation with our law firm, one of our skilled family law attorneys will meet with you to discuss your case and help you take the necessary steps.

Giving Notice

If you are a custodial parent and you plan to relocate your child, it is necessary to give notice to the other parent. This notice should be given in writing — sent by certified mail — and should outline all of the contact information related to the new residence, as well as the date of the intended move. Notice must be given at least 60 days before relocating.

Contesting A Move

If you wish to contest a planned relocation, it is important that you act quickly. You have 30 days from the time you receive notice to file an objection. After you file an objection, a hearing will then be scheduled to decide the issue in front of a judge.

The court will consider a wide range of factors when deciding whether to approve or deny the move. These include the probable impact the move would have on the child, the nature of the child's relationship with his or her parents, and the ability of the noncustodial parent to maintain his or her relationship with the child after the move.

Get Help From An Experienced Family Law Attorney

Relocation hearings can have sweeping effects on your child's future. If you are involved in a relocation dispute, contact Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford. Our lawyers will help you prepare an effective legal response that supports the best interests of your child.

To schedule a consultation at our Montgomery County law firm, call 215-822-7575 or fill out our online contact form.