Advice on child custody issues
October 10, 2016 at 11:02 pm
I have been separated from my husband for 2 and 1/2 years and he lives in nc and I live in md. Now that I filed for divorce, he is threatening me with i have to move back to nc so kids can be near him. Do I have to? He has had regular visitation with his kids and I never denied him any time he wanted. Please help!
- This topic was modified 6 years, 7 months ago by mara.
Thanks for reaching out Nancy. As we are not the Professionals we strongly suggest you contact your family law lawyer who can advise you on all your rights and obligations.
It’s not at all unusual for a state to make it hard for a parent to leave the state and take the children, thereby separating them from the other parent. What is far LESS likely are states that force a parent who has already left a state to uproot and return there. Mara’s right; you’ll eventually want to hire a good divorce lawyer to advise you, but you’ll be more likely to get your money’s worth from that lawyer if you do some research on your own – yeah, the free kind – before you start spending money.
You say you’ve already divorced, so the laws of the state where you have filed are the laws that matter here. Place the name of that state and the phrase “relocation with the children in divorce” in your search engine and see what you find.
Another step that I sometimes recommend for people getting a divorce is to spring for the textbook lawyers use in that state. It will be scary expensive, like $150 or more. But when you think about it, that’s less than you would pay for one hour’s time with a good divorce lawyer, and it will probably give you a sense of security just to be able to look up how the law works on a given issue.
Here’s what I found just looking around on the Internet:
If you can’t muster the cash to buy the one you need, look for a law library near you; they’ll probably have a copy or two available to consult there.
Sorry. I said “You say you’ve already divorced.” I should have said “You say you’ve already filed for divorce.”
- This reply was modified 6 years, 4 months ago by mara.