For New Hampshire parents who have parted ways as a couple, child custody and visitation can be a complex issue even if they are living in relative proximity. If, however, the custodial parent decides to move to a different state, it can lead to worry, disagreement and outright acrimony. Understanding how to address these concerns is paramount for the parents and the child.

With relocation, it is important to remember the basics. In every family law case involving children, there will be a court ruling with a parenting plan. Relocation might be discussed in the decree. There could be the requirement that notice be given within a certain time-frame. Failure to do so could be problematic for the relocating parent. Checking state laws for relocation is also critical.

Some non-custodial parents will contest the attempt to relocate. This could mean a custody evaluation in which the custodial parent must show the following: that the move would improve the parent and child’s situation; how much time the non-custodial parent spends with the child; if extended visits with the non-custodial parent will be allowed as a conciliatory gesture; that the visitation schedule can be altered; that the custodial parent will pay the costs for transportation; and the relocation is not to deny the other parent access.

A relocation will also have an impact on the child in myriad ways as he or she will no longer see the non-custodial parent as frequently. With an attempted out-of-state relocation, both parents will have perspectives and goals. The law plays a foundational role in the outcome of the case. It is wise to have experienced advice and representation from the beginning. A family law firm can help with child custody and visitation after relocation and any pertinent challenge that arises.