Child Relocation Lawyer
When a custodial, or primary parent seeks to relocate, the best interest of the child or children is the court's first consideration. Given that every family law case is different, these determinations are issued on a case-by-case basis. For instance, when a custodial parent relocates and the non-custodial parent petitions the court to modify the previous child custody agreement, it is not safe to assume that one parent will be awarded custody over the other. In other words, a past custody determination is not conclusive, nor does it imply that a child will remain with the original custodial parent. When one parent seeks modification, it is only justified when new information or material is discovered that affects the child, necessitating a change from the original agreement.
Whether you are a custodial parent considering relocating or if you are a non-custodial parent concerned that relocation will have a negative impact on the relationship with your child, it is important to seek the experience of a trusted child relocation lawyer.
At Boudreaux Law Firm in Augusta, Todd M. Boudreaux maintains a high standard for client services, becoming an advocate and legal advisor for cases involving child relocation and custody modification. For assistance and qualified legal insight into your case, call the Boudreaux Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation.
Experienced Custody Modification Lawyer
When a parent petitions the court for a child in custody, the court must find that a change in circumstances affects the welfare of the child in such a way as to justify a change in the previous agreement. As an experienced custody modification lawyer in Augusta, as well as Martinez and Evans, attorney Todd M. Boudreaux of Boudreaux Law Firm provides personalized representation that seeks a positive, favorable outcome in your case.
These are some of the factors examined by the court in determining the child's best interests and may lead to a modification of a custody agreement:
- Relationship between the child and each parent
- Relationship between the child and siblings
- The ability of each parent to perform his/her parental duties
- The ability of each parent to provide and meet the child's basic needs
- Safety of the living arrangements of each parent
- Stability of each parent's family unit
- Mental and physical health of each parent
- Involvement of each parent in the child's activities
- Educational needs of the child, including school history
- Each parent's history of parenting responsibilities
- Each parent's willingness and ability to encourage a close parent-child relationship with the other parent
- Criminal history (including domestic abuse) of each parent
The age of the child or children is also taken into account. While Georgia law maintains control of where the children will reside, children ages 14 or older may choose which parent they would like to live with. As long as the parent is deemed fit by the court, the child's wishes are often granted.
Perhaps the best way to navigate the complexities associated with relocation and custody modification is to seek the knowledge and legal guidance of an experienced child relocation and custody modification lawyer. Having served the greater Augusta area for over 20 years, attorney Todd M. Boudreaux of Boudreaux Law Firm provides tailored, personalized representation to clients, advocating for their rights.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of your case, contact the Boudreaux Law Firm today.