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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. Since there is joint shared custody in place at this time, your ex can not just move out of State, without permission from the court. She has no legal right to take away your visitation, without an order from the Judge. With that being said, she would have to motion/petition the court for permission to relocate and show that it is in the best interest of the child
to do so. While she may have job offers in those locations, it does not mean she will be able to provide a better life for the child and the burden will be on her, to convince the Judge that she can. Moreover, she will have to justify taking your rights away as well, to have custody and time with the child. You also have every legal right to object to the relocation and explain to the Judge why. Child support is based upon the needs of the child, so it would be at the discretion of the Judge to modify it, based upon a substantial change in circumstances. In regarding to travel and lodging, it could be something that you could ask the Judge to factor in and consider, when trying to reduce the amount, as a result of having to incur the cost, just to see the child, assuming she is unable to travel on her own, as a result of the autism. Moreover, if the Judge will not modify the support order, you can always request if the Judge is going to allow the relocation, that it be ordered that the mother
incur the cost of having you visit, as a result of the situation.
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