Long Island Relocation
Life can involve unexpected change, and we find it necessary to relocate. This is easier said than done if you are divorced, seeking a divorce or a separated parent. Moving can change the terms of your current Custody or Visitation documents, and your proposed relocation will need to be ruled upon by the Family Court. A Long Island Relocation Lawyer can familiarize you with the factors you will need to consider as you prepare to relocate. They will also tell you that the court strongly favors the well-being of the child over and above the parent’s desire or need to relocate. Because these matters can be complicated, not to mention emotionally draining, it is highly recommended that you contact a Long Island Relocation Lawyer right away. Whether you are in Nassau County or Suffolk County, we have a location near you. We can provide you with legal guidance and a free consultation.
During your meeting, a Long Island Family Lawyer will talk over some of the issues frequently reviewed by the court:
Is the Child Thriving? Is the child healthy and happy in their current environment, and how will this compare with their new home?
Has the Child Bonded with the Parents? Does the child have a meaningful parent-child relationship with the parents now, and will that change?
What are the Terms of the Current Custody Agreement? If there is an agreement in place will the move substantially change its terms?
Is the Attitude of the Parents Sincere? Are the parents genuinely concerned for the welfare of their child above all else?
Problematic Circumstances: Are there circumstances currently in the child’s life that are a problem, and will moving help or make these issues worse?
Impact on Financial Status: How will the move impact the family finances?
Is the Move a “Step Up” Financially? Will the move promise higher pay, a better job and more opportunities?
Status of the Child’s Health: Does the child have any health concerns and will the move impact them?
Change in Family Structure: Is the move due to a parent remarrying and how does that impact the child?
While the Family Court remains vague as to the exact criteria involved in approving relocation, one thing is certain. The court will take the needs of the parents into account, but the child comes first. The court is capable of taking any measures necessary to ensure the welfare of a child, including appointing a guardian if necessary. They have the ability to specify how the child will be educated (order home schooling for example), and can order psychological evaluations if they deem it appropriate. Because this is a serious matter, it is import to have a Long Island Relocation Lawyer guide you through the process.
A Long Island Relocation Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC will prove invaluable in protecting you and your child. They will be able to ensure that the case presented to the Family Court is appropriate and will obtain the best possible result. Your first consultation is completely free. We have expertise in not only relocation matters, but all Family Law issues, from Child Support Order of Protection, Guardianship to Custody problems. From Nassau and Suffolk County to Queens and Manhattan, we have an office near you so call us at 800.696.9529.