New York City Relocation Lawyer
Relocating as a divorced or single parent is challenging. Not only is the move stressful for you, it directly impacts your children. A New York City Relocation Lawyer knows this and is ready to help you get through this stressful time. Your existing Child Custody agreement will be scrutinized by the Family Court, and they will be determining how the proposed relocation will affect your child. Perhaps you are opposing your ex-spouse moving, and want keep your agreement just as it is. If you find yourself in either circumstance, call a New York City Relocation Lawyer as soon as you can. Wherever you live in New York, we have offices ready to help you, from Manhattan to Westchester County.
Meeting with a New York City Family Lawyer will be a valuable experience, as you will be able to gain insight on what types of questions the court will be asking, such as:
How is the Child Doing Now? Is the child happy and thriving in their current environment and how will a move change that?
Parental Bonding: Does the child have an appropriately bond to each parent? Will a move diminish this?
Do you have a Current Visitation Plan? If you have a current Child Custody agreement what are the provisions? Does this relocation drastically change existing custody/visitation plans?
What is the Parent’s Mindset? Are the parents focused on their child and only concerned with the child’s well-being? Is the move for selfish, personal reasons on the part of the parent?
Look at Problem Areas: Are there any problems or concerns in the present situation, and will these improve or be made worse by relocating?
Assess the Social Needs of the Child: Does the child have plenty of family around them, and adequate social relationships? How will relocating impact this?
Determine the Financial Health of the Family: Is this move precipitated by a financial problem?
Improved Economic Status: Will the move be a positive financial move and afford more opportunities?
Health Status of the Child: Is the child’s physical health satisfactory, or are there any pre-existing medical issues that need to be addressed?
Is the Child gaining (or losing) a Step Parent? Is there an anticipated change in the family structure that causing this relocation?
All of these considerations will be weighed by the court in terms of how it will affect the child. There are no set rules that allow for, or prohibit relocation. However, your New York City Family Lawyer will remind you that in order to be successful, the emphasis for your case needs to be tailored around your child’s needs. The Family Court has been known to take whatever action they find necessary to do this, including but not limited to a custodial change or appointing a guardian. The court has the authority to order not only a guardianship, but require the child to undergo psychiatric evaluation and/or counseling in addition to creating an education plan that will work for the child. Because these are serious issues to deal with, it is highly recommended that you proceed cautiously and enlist the assistance of a New York City Relocation Lawyer.
A New York City Family Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC can help you develop a plan that will satisfy the court’s requirements and benefit you and your child. We have extensive experience in Family Law, Divorce, Visitation, Custody disputes, Child Support and Guardianship in addition to many other areas. When you call, you will receive a free initial case evaluation. We have offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Nassau County and Suffolk County, as well as Westchester County. Phone us for your appointment and free consultation at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) today.