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Is A Move-Away Part Of Your Child’s Future?

Relocation issues are sensitive matters that can affect family relationships and dynamics. If you find yourself in this situation, it is critical that you consult with an experienced Buffalo, New York, parental relocation lawyer who can advise you of your rights and options.

At Patrick M. Noe, Jr., Attorney at Law, we take a compassionate and comprehensive approach to all family law issues, especially relocation. We look at all of the factors and details when assessing the best strategy to help you accomplish your goals. Whether you are looking to relocate with your child or you want to block a relocation petition, we can help you.

Call our full-service Amherst law office at 716-803-8741 to schedule an initial phone consultation if you need knowledgeable counsel regarding a relocation matter.

Taking A Possible Relocation To Court

If one party files a petition to relocate after a divorce has been finalized and this results in a child custody dispute, you may need to go to family court and file petition to have permission granted before you can move.

Quite often, the farther a party seeks to move, the more difficult, expensive and lengthy the battle can become. For instance, moving to another county will often be easier than trying to move out of state. The party seeking relocation has to show that this type of drastic change is necessary and is also in the best interest of the children. Also, an attorney for the children will be appointed by the court and his or her job is to help inform and advocate for what the children want and what is in their best interest to the judge who is assigned to the case.

What Will The Court Look For?

If the parties do not agree, the court’s decision to grant relocation will be based on whether the relocating party has a compelling reason to leave and settle in a new location, especially if it is a considerable distance away. The court will look at whether:

  • The job he or she is moving for is a position he or she could not get where they reside now
  • There is another unique reason or opportunity that is available in the new location
  • The relocating party has any ties to the area the party is moving to
  • There is any family located in the area where the petitioning party wants to move to

The court will also consider if the moving party ever meant for Buffalo to be a permanent move. In many cases, the relocating party may have come to Buffalo for school and a job without the intention of staying for a prolonged period of time. If the relocating party can show evidence that the move to Buffalo was not meant to be permanent, the court is ready to look at this as well.

If the move is granted, accommodations might have to be arranged for transportation costs to be covered for children, whether in New York or while travelling to visit the other parent.

Aggressive, Results-Oriented Family Law Representation

Patrick M. Noe, Jr., will handle your relocation matter as skillfully and economically as possible. He will help you build and present an argument that details your position clearly and passionately to the court. He understands what is at stake, and he will be by your side to help you work toward a resolution that meets your needs and goals.

Contact Us For Help

The relocation of a child will create a major shift in everyone’s lives. We can help you take all necessary action to either pursue or oppose a move-away. To schedule an initial consultation where we can discuss your child relocation issues, call 716-803-8741 or contact us online.