Norman v. Norman
When ruling on a motion to relocate, a court may consider the quality of relationships between parents and children, the effect of relocation on contacts with the nonrelocating parent, and economic, emotional and education benefits. In 2011, the parties were divorced in Massachusetts. The parties consented to joint custody, with primary residence with the wife, and agreed that they would reside within 30 minutes of each other. Both parties moved to Connecticut, and the wife registered the Massachusetts judgment in Connecticut. The wife moved to find the husband in contempt, for failure to pay child support, and requested court permission to move with the minor child to Maine. The court found that the wife possesses a legitimate purpose for relocating, because her new fiancée operates a nursery and landscaping business with 15 to 20 employees in Maine. The wife's fiancé offers good family values and stability. Allegedly, the husband's employers accused the husband of stealing, and he lost his job and lacks a source of income. The court found that he owes $900 in child support and ordered that he pay within 45 days. The guardian ad litem reported that the government has charged the husband with assault, risk of injury to a minor, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver's license. The court suspended the husband's visitation with the minor child until he completes any court recommended counseling. The court approved the wife's request to relocate and granted the husband telephone or Skype contact three times per week and supervised visitation one weekend per month.