Relocating after a divorce when there are children involved could prove to be a complicated process and often turns out to be highly contentious. A parent, even one who has primary child custody, may not relocate without the consent of the other parent, who has the right to object. It is not uncommon for such child custody issues to be settled through negotiation, but many cases can only be resolved through litigation.
Many people do not know what to expect, or may have unrealistic expectations. Barbara J. Katzenberg, an experienced Massachusetts child custody and relocation attorney here in Worcester, is available to offer guidance and support. Whether you are a parent wishing to relocate or the objecting parent, I will evaluate your situation and explain potential risks. Absent a negotiated agreement between the parties, the ultimate decision concerning these important issues will be made by a judge and will always be based on the best interests of the children.
When a parent wants to relocate to a different state, the reasons for the move will have to be properly justified. While the need to move may be job-related in many cases, it is not uncommon for some parents to relocate merely to deprive the other parent of access to the child. The custodial parent will be expected to show the advantages the move will have for the child, along with demonstrating the ways that communication between the child and the other parent will be maintained.
Child custody and visitation modifications are usually required in relocation cases, and I can help you navigate through those procedures. Our focus will be on building a persuasive case to present in the Massachusetts family court while never losing sight of the best interests of the child. Parents may find additional information on the legalities of relocation and child custody on the Barbara J. Katzenberg website.