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Atlanta Custody Relocation Lawyer

Skilled Custody Relocation Lawyers Serving Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Custody Relocation LawyerChild custody relocation cases are among the most complex and highly contested family law cases. Our blog has more information. Seeking legal counsel is advisable for both relocating and non-relocating parents. Our Atlanta custody relocation lawyer is dedicated to providing expert guidance, and assisting clients in understanding their rights, responsibilities, and the potential implications of relocation on custody arrangements.

Importantly, a move does not have to just be from one state to another. A move from Atlanta to Savannah or Macon, for example, could warrant a modification of custody.

At a very high level, the central issue in relocation custody disputes surrounds whether the relocation is or is not in the best interests of the child or children. Georgia Courts have found that in this complex analysis, the following factors should be considered (and in no particular order):

  • the custodial parent’s reason for relocating
  • the child’s ties to local schools and friends
  • the age of the child or children
  • a child’s relationship with the other parent
  • the stress and instability of relocation and the corresponding benefits of consistency and stability for the child or children
  • the interests of the entire binuclear family
  • the dynamics of the custodial parent’s new family unit
  • the recommendations of a Guardian ad Litem or custody evaluator
  • any other relevant factors may be taken into consideration by the Court

The relocating parent must file a petition with the court, outlining the reasons for the move and how it benefits the child. Courts scrutinize the proposed relocation, considering factors such as the child’s age, educational opportunities, and the relationship with both parents. Our law firm emphasizes the importance of presenting a clear, compelling case that places the child’s welfare at the forefront.

Effective communication between parents is essential during the relocation process. Our firm advocates for an open and cooperative approach, as courts often look favorably upon parents who actively involve the non-relocating parent in the decision-making process. Timely and transparent communication can help build trust and increase the chances of an amicable resolution.

In Georgia, custody orders are legally binding agreements that dictate parenting responsibilities. Relocation may necessitate a modification of these orders. Our firm stresses the importance of obtaining court approval for any changes to prevent legal complications down the line. Failing to seek approval can result in serious consequences, including contempt of court charges.

The parent seeking to relocate bears the burden of proving that the move serves the child’s best interests. Our legal team understands the nuances of presenting a persuasive case, highlighting factors such as improved living conditions, educational opportunities, and enhanced emotional support systems at the proposed location. Adequate preparation is key to demonstrating to the court that the relocation is in the child’s best interests.

As children mature, their preferences may carry more weight in custody decisions. Georgia courts may consider the child’s age, maturity, and ability to express informed preferences when evaluating relocation cases. Our firm emphasizes the importance of involving the child appropriately in the decision-making process, ensuring their voice is heard and considered.

Contact Our Atlanta Custody Relocation Lawyer Today

Custody relocation in Georgia involves a careful balance between the rights of the relocating parent and the best interests of the child. Naggiar & Sarif recognize the challenges associated with these cases and remain committed to guiding parents through the legal process with clarity, precision, and a focus on achieving the most favorable outcome for all parties involved. Contact our firm today by calling or filling out our contact form to set up an initial consultation.