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Interstate Custody and Removal (Relocation) in Massachusetts

Even if you provide care for your child more than 50% of the time, you must obtain written permission from the other parent or a court order before you can relocate with the child to another state, or any significant distance with Massachusetts that affects the right of the other parent to have parenting time with the child.  This relocation process is also referred to as “removal” in Massachusetts. If you are the noncustodial parent, you may object to such a move because it would interfere with your visitation or ability to easily access your child. In either case, you need an experienced custody attorney to help resolve the matter in a way that best serves your interests and the interests of your child.

Wright Family Law Group has developed a reputation of knowledge and experience with relocation and interstate custody issues.  We work vigorously to protect our clients’ rights and to help them achieve their goals.

Interstate Custody Cases Require Prompt Action

When people want to relocate, they tend to start making plans right away.  Time could be working against when it comes to a Massachusetts removal case.  Interstate child custody issues are generally governed by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act. (UCCJA) Massachusetts is one of the few states that still follows this uniform state law. 

If you want to litigate your child custody issue, it is critical that you retain an attorney who knows the importance of understanding the UCCJA and how it affects custody jurisdiction with regard to other states. It is equally as important to have a custody lawyer with the experience to protect your rights that is accessible and can act quickly. The Wright Family Law Group is your family law firm for interstate custody issues with the experience to ensure a fair outcome. 

As a interstate custody attorneys, we will represent you at all stages of the legal process, from negotiations to trial. When appropriate, we will work with a guardians ad litem, educational consultant, psychologists and other experts who can provide support for your case.

In some instances, it’s possible to negotiate a solution that’s acceptable to both parents. Typically, this involves granting the noncustodial parent extended time with the child during the summer months, school vacation weeks and around the holidays.

Find Out More About Your Options

When interstate custody issues arise, protect your rights and the best interests of your children by contacting the Wright Family Law Group. Call us at 978-851-2291 or contact our office online to schedule a consultation.

For your convenience, appointments may be scheduled during flexible hours. Our office is centrally located in Tewksbury near Route 93 and Route 495. We serve clients in Middlesex and Essex County.