Atlanta Child Removal and Relocation Attorney
Relocating a Child Outside of Georgia
Removing a child is one of the most contentious and emotional issues that arise during or after a divorce in Georgia. If you and your (former) spouse are currently in divorce or child relocation proceedings, it is imperative that you seek the counsel of an experienced Atlanta divorce attorney at Bushnell & Drye, LLC. With the help of an experienced attorney you can resolve your legal issues efficiently and avoid a lot of stress. To schedule a consultation with us, call (404) 869-1201 or contact us online by submitting an online contact form.
Child Removal Laws in Georgia
If you are a custodial parent looking to move out-of-state with your child, you need to know your legal rights and limits. Under Georgia state law, a custodial parent must obtain the consent of the non-custodial parent or court approval before moving.
If you are a non-custodial parent who opposes your child being relocated out-of-state, or if the custodial parent has already moved without prior consent of you or the court, then you need to seek an experienced family law attorney right away. A family law attorney will be able to evaluate your situation and determine the best legal plan for you.
Child Relocation Considerations
While there are several factors a court may consider when determining a family law dispute, the central consideration is what is in the best interest of the child. All other factors will ultimately come second to this main consideration. However, the court may also consider:
- If the custodial parent has a new spouse in another state. Additionally, the court may also look at the relationship between the child and new stepparent, the new standard of living for the child, and how does this move effect the child’s welfare.
- If the custodial parent has a new job in another state. Additionally, the court will evaluate if the new job is an improvement for the custodial parent and if the job will lead to a better standard of care for the child.
- If the new neighborhood and school will be safer, have higher education standards, and better the child.
- If the move will cause undue travel difficulties for the non-custodial parent. Additionally, if the visitation arrangements will have to be modified due to complications, what the travel time is between the custodial and non-custodial parent, and how difficult the travel is between locations.
The court has numerous, complex factors that come into play when determining a court-approved child removal plan. An experienced family law attorney is necessary to making sure the parent and child’s best interests are maintained and the issue is resolved satisfactorily.
Get Immediate Expert Legal Advice
If you are part of a potential or pending removal case, or any other child custody and visitation disputes, please contact Bushnell & Drye, LLC for immediate legal advice. Our attorneys can help you with the proper filing procedures, to make sure your petition to the court is not ignored. Our attorneys will also ensure that a satisfactory agreement is put in place, so that your child’s best interests are protected.