If the judge has already made a final decision in your case and you have a court order, there are 3 ways you can ask the judge to let you move with your child. They will all get you the same result, cost the same and you will have to wait the same amount of time for a hearing. You can file:
- A complaint to modify the final judgment, or
- A complaint for authorization to remove the minor child from the Commonwealth, or
- A petition for removal. Moving to another state or country with your child is a "removal."
You can only file a "petition for removal" if you have:
- A minor child, who
- Has lived in Massachusetts at least 5 years, and
- You are divorced from the child’s other parent.
After you file the complaint or petition you must hire a constable to sheriff to serve the other parent. See, Service.