I am a mother of two children, who resides with their father in Randallstown, Maryland. I live in North Carolina, and I want to fight for custody of my children. I pay child support which started in Ellicott City, MD. I am established and stable here in NC. If I was to move back to MD, to fight for my children, does that make things go faster and show Im more than willing to do what it takes to get them back or should I stay where I am already established and fight for them where I am from NC to MD? I have two jobs, my own place, transportation, as well as support from friends and family.
when parents live in the same state and close to each other it is easier for the court to make a decision then it would be if the parents live in to different states. You would do well to sit down with an attorney offline who can obtain more information from you and provide you with different options and what possible outcomes could occur depending on the facts of your case.
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There are a lot of factors that the court will look at when determining custody but the first hurdle that you will have to pass when asking for a change in custody is to show that it there has been a material change in circumstances of the children's lives. If the children are doing well and nothing is different with them, courts will be very very reluctant to uproot them and send them to NC. The fact that you are doing well and established isn't as important as the fact that the children are doing well. It maybe best to return to MD and ask for increased visitation to start with.
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