If you are planning to relocate, and you are divorced, a separated parent or a parent that was never married, you should contact a Bronx Relocation Lawyer right away. You will learn that the Bronx Family Court will need to evaluate any potential impact on your Child Custody and Visitation agreement, as well as how it will affect your child (children). A Bronx Relocation Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC can guide you through this process, and ensure that you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your child. At all of our New York offices, from Bronx to Suffolk County to Manhattan, we can lend guidance and a free case evaluation.
Happiness of the Child: The court will primarily be concerned with the welfare of the child involved. Will the move improve the child’s living situation or harm it?
Motivation of the Parents: Is each parent acting honestly and taking all factors into account?
Parent-Child Relationship: How will a move affect the relationship between each parent and the child? Will the non-custodial parent’s relationship be substantially impaired as a result of the move?
Inter-Family Relationships: How will relocation affect the child’s relationships with other family members?
Child Visitation: Will the parent’s be able to continue their regular visitation schedule with the child or will in be substantially altered?
Undesirable Outcome: Will relocation result in aggravating already negative influences in the child’s life (continuing hostility between the parents, for example);
Finances: Does the parent have to move for financial reasons?
Financial Opportunity: Will the move open new avenues of financial opportunity?
Marital Status: Are there new or different expectations on the family resulting from remarriage?
As your Bronx Relocation Lawyer will inform you, the law on this area has not been entirely clearly defined. While there is no firm guideline in place for a parent that wishes to locate, the court will be looking towards the emotional and physical needs of the child first, and try to anticipate the impact that the proposed move may cause. It is important to note that a request to relocate could take an unanticipated turn, and change into a Guardianship issue or a change of custody. The court could find it necessary to appoint a guardian for the child in some cases, in addition to requiring a home study (as opposed to changing schools), and even psychological assessment. This is all the more reason to contact a Bronx Relocation Lawyer. Regardless of where you live in New York, we have an office conveniently near you, from Bronx to Queens.
While the court will look at the rights and responsibilities of each parent, the focus of their determination will be evaluating what is in the best interests of the child/children. The court knows that the child is an innocent bystander to a proposed relocation, and will want to ensure that it benefits the child. Should you have questions regarding Child Custody, Father’s Rights, Child Support or any matter pertaining to Family Law, call a Bronx Family Lawyer from our office today. We have an office in every borough of New York, as well as locations in Long Island. Call us today at 800.696.9529 for your free consultation.