Permanent child relocation may take the form of intrastate removal (relocation to another city or town within the Commonwealth), interstate removal (relocation to another State), or international removal (relocation to another country). Each of these types of cases involves an analysis by the court of the best interests of the child. However, there are also such issues as the “significant advantage test.” That analysis requires that there be a good and sincere reason for the move and that there be a significant advantage to the parent seeking removal. The absence of an intent to deprive the non-relocating parent of child access is also a paramount consideration. These cases often present as complex child custody cases, particularly in international removal cases involving signatories to the Hague Convention, or where the foreign jurisdiction does not have a treaty agreement with the United States on such issues as child abduction. Attorney DiPiano has not only litigated a variety of these cases at both the trial and appellate level, but he has also lectured on the issue and has had one case published by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. See Nazih Mohamad El Chaar v. Claude Mohamad Chehab, No. 09-P-860, December 31, 2010.
If you have a child relocation or child removal issue, you require an experienced Massachusetts Child Custody Attorney to assist you. Careful and reasoned analysis and handling of these cases are essential to a favorable result. Attorney John G. DiPiano is a well seasoned Massachusetts Child Custody Lawyer and is well versed in the intricacies of Child Custody Cases.