Parental Rights Concerning Out-of-State Relocation
Life situations change, and these changes can have a huge impact on an entire family. Such is the case when a parent who has primary custody of a child, decides to move out of Massachusetts.
At the DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we have nearly two decades of experience working with clients who are facing this challenge. Our legal team is happy to answer any questions regarding the Massachusetts laws governing the removal of a child from the state when custody issues arise. Call (617) 870-0907 to schedule a free consultation with a Boston family law lawyer to discuss your situation. We work with custodial parents who are requesting the right to leave the state with a child, as well as non-custodial parents who want to have a say in this situation.
Valid Reasons for Relocation
The custodial parent must present a valid reason to remove a child from Massachusetts, and from the non-custodial parent. There are a number of factors that are considered when the custodial parent asks the court for the right to move the child out of state, including:
- How will the move out of state impact the child’s life and wellbeing?
- How will the move out of state impact the child’s relationship with the non-custodial parent?
- Will moving out of state improve the quality of life for the custodial parent?
- Financial concerns for the parents and the child or children involved.
- Will the move out of state impact the child’s physical, emotional, or psychological growth?
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Removal Without Permission
The custody of your child was determined by the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. If you leave the state with the child or children without permission from the court, you risk losing custody to your ex-spouse.
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The Impact of Moving Out of State
Even with the court’s approval to move out of state with your child or children, there are many factors that you need to carefully evaluate. Not only could the move have an impact on your child emotionally, but it can also have financial ramifications as well. The non-custodial parent could seek a modification of child support. In addition, you could face the travel expenses incurred for the children to return to visit the non-custodial parent.
Removing a child from Massachusetts after custody has been awarded can be a challenging legal process, as well as an emotional challenge for everyone involved. The guidance of the seasoned team of attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. can help you to work through the process of a removal or stopping a removal, depending on your custody situation. We have worked with many Boston parents to ensure that they have the best possible opportunity to be a part of their child’s life after a failed marriage. Call our Boston office at (617) 870-0907 today to discuss how we can help you to protect your parental rights.