After a divorce, it is not uncommon for one parent to move away, however, if you are the custodial parent and you are looking to move a significant distance away from the child’s other parent, there is a very good chance that you will require the legal services of a knowledgeable Nassau County relocation lawyer. Contact Barrows Levy PLLC to learn more about the relocation process and how our firm can effectively guide you through it.
Do I Need a Nassau County Relocation Lawyer?
In many cases, when one parent is looking to move away with their child, especially if it’s only to the next town over or otherwise a short distance away, there is no issue whatsoever. However, if you are looking to move a great distance away, and the distance is so far that it may significantly impact your child custody agreement by preventing your former spouse from seeing your child as much as the initial agreement allows, you will either have to obtain that parent’s explicit permission to move away, or you will have to obtain permission from the courts. If your former spouse contests the move, you should strongly consider hiring a competent Nassau County family law attorney who can work to prove that relocation would be in your child’s best interests.
How New York Courts Decide on Relocation Cases
New York courts will consider various factors when determining whether they should allow you to relocate with your child, though their primary concern will be the well-being of your child. If they determine that relocation would improve your child’s economical, social, and educational standing, they should award you the relocation. Some of the factors they will consider are as follows:
- Your reasoning for seeking relocation
- Your former spouse’s reasoning for contesting the relocation
- Whether you are looking to relocate to a safer area
- Whether you are seeking to move closer to extended family
- Whether you are looking to move away from a dangerous former spouse
- Whether you are relocating to attend higher education or university to get a degree that will eventually benefit your child
- Whether you are relocating for a higher-paying job to benefit you and your child
- Whether your child is in his or her senior year of high school
- The bond both you and your former spouse have with your child
- Any other factor the court deems relevant
Contact a Nassau County Relocation Lawyer
If you are looking to move away with your child after a divorce, our firm is here to help in any way we can. Contact Barrows Levy PLLC today to schedule your initial consultation with our experienced family law attorneys.