Out of State Relocation

New York Out of State Relocation Attorney & Child Custody Relocation Petitions Lawyer

The Saugerties, New York, law offices of Jonathan D. Katz is ready to vigorously advocate on your behalf if you are the custodial parent seeking court approval to relocate out-of-state with your child, or if you are a non-custodial parent fighting to prevent relocation.

I am New York family law attorney Jonathan Katz. I have been helping divorced couples and separated parents resolve complex child custody modification issues in Orange County, Dutchess County and communities throughout the Hudson Valley and the Catskills region for more than 25 years. In general, Orange County and Dutchess County family law judges oppose the idea of allowing a custodial parent to relocate a great distance from the non-custodial parent. Under certain conditions, the custodial parent may be able to show that the move is beneficial to the child.

Conditions for the court to consider approving an out-of-state or international relocation include:

  • The benefit of a being closer to extended family
  • The benefit of increased job opportunities and income for the parent
  • The benefit of a new personal relationship for the parent
  • The benefit of educational opportunities for the child
An Out-of-State Relocation Doesn’t Have to be a Black or White Issue

Often, the reaction from the non-custodial parent is to tenaciously object to the relocation. As an experienced New York divorce and child custody attorney, I have seen the worst of what often results when emotions, lingering anger and frustration take over a relocation issue. Naturally, the custodial parent wants to do what is best for the child. Just as naturally, the non-custodial parent is worried about losing influence and connection. In my experience, there is almost always a way to find a fair, negotiated resolution that avoids costly litigation while meeting the needs of the child and parents.

Experienced Child Custody Representation for Custodial and Non-Custodial Parents

If you are involved in a child custody matter involving out-of-state relocation — on either side of the issue — come to my law firm for straight answers and serious, focused advice and representation. From my offices in Saugerties, I work with clients on child custody matters throughout the Hudson Valley and Catskills region.

Contact us calling (845) 834-4747 (toll free (866) 614-8872 from the U.S.) or fill out the online contact form to schedule your consultation with Jonathan D. Katz.

Client Reviews
I was living a nightmare of being falsely accused in a judicial system that considers all fathers to be dead beat dads until proven innocent. Living out of state and facing the possibility of jail, I miraculously found Jon’s website and called his office. Within a week the tables were turned, the lies were exposed, and the harassment was stopped. If you need someone that will challenge the system, then you need Jonathan Katz. Greg Weaver
Jon’s integrity towards his clients is what makes him a standout attorney. He makes it a priority to know what's important to you. You’re not just a number. He is upfront with you right from the start. He will not string you along just for his financial benefit. He is only willing to settle the case if that's truly what you want. Anytime I called him I received a call back from him that day. Not someone else in the office. He is an attorney that has a passion for what's important to his clients. John Morrissey
Being a single mom, I had enough stress in my life. I had no idea how to go about protecting myself. My daughters were my priority. Jon walked me through the process. He turned a difficult time into a workable solution. Diane Chiriani
Jon thinks well, works to be clear and honest. He works to get to a strong argument. He seems to have a good working relationship with everybody at the courthouse. I get the feeling he has no trouble thinking like a judge. He is friendly and courteous. He doesn't overbill. He takes and returns calls promptly. His legal staff is friendly and competent. What's not to like? Rick S.
I liked that there was always transparency throughout my case. Genevieve H.