Relocating when having a child involved can be as easy or as hard as you and the other parent make it. And though a child custody order may be deemed as a challenge when relocating, it can actually be helpful to your situation and your child to have a sense of security to know what happens when the child custody order isn’t adhered to. In this case, you do not want to be the one who breaches a child custody arrangement as serious consequences can occur. Because of this, it is important to know what to do when you are thinking of relocating when a child custody arrangement is in place. If you or a loved one are thinking of relocating, contact an experienced North Carolina child custody attorney to help you determine whether relocating is in the best interest of your child and to determine the best process to go about relocating.
Changing a Court Ordered Custody Arrangement
When you are looking to relocate and you have a court ordered custody arrangement, it is in your best interest to seek modification of the arrangement before actually relocating. To change a court ordered custody arrangement, you need to file a motion to modify the custody order. Depending on your situation, you may be able to seek mediation to change this arrangement, which can be a more affordable approach. However, if mediation cannot be performed, upon the filing of the motion to modify custody you will receive a court date where you and the other parent, will testify as to why or why not the relocation should occur and if the relocation is in the best interest of the child. Once all evidence has been submitted, a decision will be made by the judge as to whether relocation should or should not occur. Because this can be an exhaustive process, it is invaluable to seek legal advice and representation to help you achieve the best results possible for your situation.
Need Legal Advice?
Changing a court ordered custody arrangement can seem overwhelming, especially when you are thinking of relocating and you are on a time constraint. And though you may feel alone, you do not have to be. If you or a loved one is thinking of relocating you and your child while having a child custody order in place, contact an experienced North Carolina child custody attorney at The Law Office of Dustin S. McCrary to help you determine the best possible strategies for your situation. Contact our office today! We are here to help you!