The family dynamic you share with your children and ex-spouse after a divorce is likely to encounter some difficulties in the years following the split. One such difficulty might come in the form of a potential relocation suggested by your co-parent.
If your ex-spouse starts talking about making a big move with the kids, your first reaction might be panic regarding whether or not you will be able to easily see your children afterward. You can alleviate these concerns by learning more about what you can do when the other parent tries to relocate with the children.
Know the law regarding parental rights
Even if your ex-spouse is the custodial parent, they should seek approval from you before any kind of relocation. This is especially true if they are attempting to move a long distance, such as to another state, as this will threaten your rights to visit your children. New Jersey statutes explain that removing minor children from the state requires consent from both parents or an order from the court.
Come to a fair compromise
If your co-parent has a valid reason for relocation, such as for a career- or health-related purpose, then it may be in your family’s best interest to find a fair compromise. Consider mediation as a solution for revising your parenting schedule or custody agreement. If the court accepts your new terms, both sides can maintain a reasonable allotment of rights and responsibilities even after a large-scale move.
While the idea that your ex-spouse might suddenly relocate with the kids might come as a shock, you have rights that protect your ability to see your children.