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Relocations affect New York families' custody and visitation

Reaching an agreement on child custody and visitation can take quite some time when working through a divorce. It isn't an easy thing to accomplish and may even require modification post-divorce. For some families in New York, custody and visitation schedules may need to be changed for relocation purposes.

Good and bad things can be said about relocation. Relocations can provide more employment opportunities, better schools and familial support. However, it also means that one parent will not get to spend as much time with their children. Because of the negative impact a move can have on parental relationships with their children, certain qualifications must be met before a custody modification for relocation will be approved.

Before a relocation request will be approved or denied, the parent initiating the request will have to supply certain information regarding plans and how the move will best serve the children. Being able to give specifics regarding employment, support systems, schools and potential visitation schedules will help the court make the best decision possible. Personal plans, along with how the relocation will affect children, are all taken into account in these cases.

New York has certain laws in place to protect parents and children in move-away cases. These laws are meant to protect parent-child relationships from a spouse who may try to disrupt that. While moving children away from one parent isn't an ideal situation, working out custody and visitation schedules that allow both parents to have access to their children is achievable -- if both parents are willing to negotiate and keep the lines of communication open.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Your Legal Rights to Relocate Your Child", Caroline Choi, Aug. 20, 2014

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Your Legal Rights to Relocate Your Child", Caroline Choi, Aug. 20, 2014

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