Long Branch, NJ asked in Child Custody for New Jersey

Q: Im looking to relocate with my daughter to Florida next year. I am divorced and would like to know what are my options.

We have shared custody but she lives with me. I also have health issues and the weather will be helpful for me.

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2 Lawyer Answers
Michael Andrew Conte
Michael Andrew Conte
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You either need the written consent of the other parent, or a court order permitting you to relocate with the child out of state. If you don't have the other parent's consent, then I strongly suggest you consult with a qualified family law attorney.

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Millburn, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You need to have a consultation with a family law specialist since the law changed several years ago, making it tougher for the primary custodial parent to relocate elsewhere with a child when the other parent objects. There are a number of questions that the lawyer will need to discuss with you and then he will need to try and get an agreement from your former wife, laying out a parenting time plan for her with the child after the move, etc. I would also ask your ex if she will agree to permit the move to take place and if so, get a writing in place between the 2 of you confirming it and take that writing to the consultation to show the lawyer.

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