Based on your facts it sounds like you should cross motion for custody.
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Before I address the question, here are links to 2 articles you should : 4 Key Any Parent Should Know about Custody Cases in New Jersey: ( http://info.njdivorceattorney.net/blog/?Tag=custody ) and Bauers v. Lewis ( New Jersey factors for relocation)- http://info.njdivorceattorney.net/read-the-entire-bauer-v-lewis-decision
There are 2 types of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody is which parent makes the important decisions concerning the child such as religious, medical and educational decisions. Physical custody is where the child resides most of the time. Both types of custody are generally "joint" but that does not mean equal.
Custody decision are decided based upon what is in the child's best interest.
When you respond will depend upon whether or not you were divorced from the custodial parent or only share the child in common. The papers you received should explain the timeframe by which you need to respond.
Do not rely on the previous application having been denied because it sounds like the new application has corrected many oversights and errors in the initial application.
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As Mr. Micklin notes there are many factors a judge will look at in deciding whether to approve a motion to relocate. Certainly distance is a factor, being much harder to visit a child in California than Pennsylvania, but these days there are many forms of contact, including Skype and other forms of electronic communications that a judge may rely upon to ensure contact. Of course, it all boils down to the child's best interests, and I think that the father would have to prove that he has the means. Can't just say that employment is better, but must prove he is capable of support. A fiance having a job is no guarantee because the fiance has no legal responsibility to provide for your child. You definitely need to consult with an attorney.
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