What would happen if you would like to move with your child, and the move would affect the current child custody agreement? Of if the other parent wants to move out of state? It is important in either of these situations to speak to a qualified North Carolina custody attorney. At the Woodruff Family Law Group, we have successfully resolved many cases for parents who have sought to relocate with their children or parents who have opposed a move. We understand how emotionally charged relocation cases can be, which is why you can expect the utmost compassion from our entire team.
In Ramirez-Barker v. Barker, the trial court had granted sole and permanent custody of the child to the mother, with frequent and extended visitation privileges to the father, after the couple separated. Some time later, the mother wanted to move out-of-state with her minor child. Specifically, she wanted to move to California. The mother filed a motion to modify an existing custody order to allow the relocation to happen.
The Court heard the evidence, which included testimony from both parents and a psychologist, the court decided the best interest of the child would be served if the mother was not to move. The “best interest of the child” is the standard, and this broad term allows a judge to consider any factor that would be relevant to parenting as well as the child’s growth and development. Continue reading →