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Child Custody: Relocation Issues by State

Child Custody: Relocation Issues by State

From Forbes: Most U.S. states report that relocation or move away is one of the most difficult and vexing issues for a court to decide in all of family law.

In order to relocate, from New York State with the children, the burden of proof on the relocating parent is “best interests” of the children. The parent moving away must show that it is in the child’s best interest to relocate.

All fifty states adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) in which a child’s “home state” is established if the child has lived in the state for six months. Since COVID-19 started, relocation issues got much more complicated for the families and our judicial system in granting the motions.

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