Child custody relocation cases are among the most complex and highly contested family law cases. Our blog located here has more information. 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; and
- any other relevant factors may be taken into consideration by the Court.
If you are the parent who intends to move or are the parent who opposes the move, their are critical decisions you will need to make quickly and we encourage you to consult with us or an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible.