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April 17, 2012

George asks…

Can I move to another state with my child if we have joint custody?

I live in New Jersey & would like to move to Dallas, TX where my grandparents & other family live. The economy in NJ has me unemployed & facing eviction. I can no longer afford the minimum $800 rent here, & can’t find a job. My family here is not very supportive. In TX, I would have the opportunity to get a job at my aunt’s law firm, get back in school (my grandfather is a professor at a college & can get me cheap tuition), & I could get a nice 2 bedroom apartment for around $500. With my over abundance in family there, I’d never have to put my daughter in daycare. Also, my boyfriend & I are expecting a child & will be getting married very soon. There are a lot more job opportunities for him in Dallas, so he can help provide for the 4 of us.

My ex/daughter’s father has joint custody & has visitation once a week for a few hours, plus every other weekend. My intention is not to hinder their relationship, but to provide a better life for my child. I know for a fact that he would not give me permission to leave the state, so it’s inevitable that we will have to settle this in court. I would just like to know my chances of succeeding in relocating my child.
Providing a better life for my child entails putting a roof over her head, getting myself back in school so I will have the money to put her in a good school, buy her things she wants & needs, & being near family. Not being stuck in a state where these things are a million times more difficult. I do not intend to cut off her contact with my ex’s family, once I got settled I’d pay for their plane tickets to come visit her, or vice versa as much as possible.

Administrator answers:

I see, so you think having a job and an apartment is giving your child a better life. Sorry honey… Constant free access to both Parents is the better life. Being torn away from a parent is horror to a child. Think of her instead of yourself. If you must move, go ahead but leave her with the life she knows and send her some support from your new great career…

Thomas asks…

Leaving the state with joint custody?

I live in New Jersey & would like to move to Dallas, TX where my grandparents & other family live. The economy in NJ has me unemployed & facing eviction. I can no longer afford the minimum $800 rent here, & can’t find a job. My family here is not very supportive. In TX, I would have the opportunity to get a job at my aunt’s law firm, get back in school (my grandfather is a professor at a college & can get me cheap tuition), & I could get a nice 2 bedroom apartment for around $500. With my over abundance in family there, I’d never have to put my daughter in daycare. Also, my boyfriend & I are expecting a child & will be getting married very soon. There are a lot more job opportunities for him in Dallas, so he can help provide for the 4 of us.

My ex/daughter’s father has joint custody & has visitation once a week for a few hours, plus every other weekend. My intention is not to hinder their relationship, but to provide a better life for my child. I do not intend to cut off her contact with my ex’s family, once I got settled I’d pay for their plane tickets to come visit her, or vice versa as much as possible. I know for a fact that he would not give me permission to leave the state, so it’s inevitable that we will have to settle this in court. I would just like to know my chances of succeeding in relocating my child.

Administrator answers:

It honestly depends on the judge or arbitrator that you get. I feel your pain with the economy the way it is. It cannot be easy. However, no one can give you a good opinion, because it depends on the judge, and if you get a bad judge, it might depend on what side of the bed they woke up on.

It sounds to me like you have a really good case to present in court or to the arbitrator. Perhaps, if you tell them you are willing to split the cost of “shipping” the child back and forth, they will see it from your point of view

I hope this has helped, good luck. All you can do is present your case and cross your fingers that the judge will agree with you.

Richard asks…

Husband is unemployed, I am a STAM, should we move?

I am currently living in a very small town, Fayetteville in Arkansas. This city has about 45,000 people population and basically there is nothing to do here and no job. My husband has been on unemployment for 9 months now and I am a stay at home mom with my 3 year old daughter. We are seriously considering moving out of state to find job, a bigger city and a better life.

My choices are Dallas/Texas, New Jersey, and California. Dallas is the cheapest of all, a 2 bedroom apartment for rent is around $550 pcm, which is the same money we pay here now. NJ is my husband’s first choice, but housing price for a one bedroom is at least $1200 pcm and California is the same $1100 pcm for a one bedroom. I personally love California, I traveled there last year and have been fantasizing about the beautiful coastal life ever since, however I don’t think that is realistic. We have about $7,000 savings, which can keep us for some more months. In a bigger city, we could at least find a job.

Do you think we should move to Dallas, and then in a couple of years move to California when we have more savings and more work experience (I came from England and my husband is American)? Or should we take the risk and move to California now?

The thing is I am a firm believer in law of attraction and abundance thinking, so my mind is always limitless.
stay at home mom

Administrator answers:

If you didn’t do the math yourself, factoring in food + electric + etc etc etc your $7000 after paying for the actual cost of moving won’t last 4 months. That is definitely in no way long enough to be able to be safe in finding a new job. Consider that your husband has been on unemployment for 9 months, why would you think that he can find a high enough paying job in 3 somewhere else?

Maria asks…

Moving to San Fran area?

Im moving to San Fran from NJ in Jan.
im looking to be close to the Bart system and am kooking for a nice neighborhood that’s cheap to live in. I want to spend no more than $1300 and would prefer 2 bedrooms but will settle for one.
I need help figuring out where to look or apartment suggestions …. thank you!

Administrator answers:

You are not going to find a two bedroom apartment for $1300 anywhere in the bay area. You might be able to find an $1300 one bedroom in the East bay but it probably will not be in a great area.

Craigslist is the best way to get an idea of what is available in your price range. You can search by price, area and number of bedrooms.
Http://www.craigslist.org

Ken asks…

Is this legal for a landlord to do?

My mother lives in an apartment building for about 10 years. When she first moved in, the apartment was trashed because the previous tenants left on bad terms with the landlord. My mother cleaned up the whole apartment herself (landlord did nothing) Nothing in the apartment was new except for new paint and minor fixes here and there. About 2 years ago, my mother put in a request to get new kitchen cabinets because the ones that she had were very old and were beginning to break. Also, the bathroom was old as well. The tub must’ve been there for YEARS. Mother asked the landlord how long has the cabinets been there, turns out since the 70′s! The landlord agreed to have the whole kitchen and bathroom replaced with new cabinets and fixtures. He told my mom that she has to pay half. He put in new kitchen cabinets, new tiles for the floor and fresh paint. The bathroom: New tub, new sink/cabinet, new toilet, sheetrock and new tiles. Total cost was about 13 grand. Of course my mother did not have the half to pay at once so he broke it down to where she pays $200 a month with her rent. He made her sign a contract that she is not allowed to move out until all that is paid for. When my mother told me about all this, I was pissed! I don’t think it would be my mothers responsibility to pay for some new things in the apartment such as cabinets and bathroom if they were that old and he was supposed to have all the replaced from his pocket! I confronted him and told him that I am looking for a place for my mother and she is going to move out. He gave me an attitude and told me that she signed the contract. I said well even if she didn’t get all those new things for the apartment, you would’ve installed new ones for a new tenant when you put the apartment up in the ad, but you probably would’ve raised the price up a bit. The landlord raises the rent every September and I’m just furious to how CHEAP this landlord is. Is this legal what he did? I feel so bad for my mom I wish I lived closer to her. I’m in VA and she is in NJ. Any advice would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you.
My mother is not naive. You know what it is?…it’s people that are always money hungry and love to screw every innocent victim that’s in their path.
Chatspla: My ‘attitude’ towards the LL was me defending my mother and her rights. The thought of someone trying to trick my mother into something like that just ticks me off. No use for getting all technical and personal about this matter. Just a simple is it legal or not question.

Administrator answers:

Your landlord should not have remodeled like that. He is a freakin’ idiot.

That said, he can raise her rent and he can get her to sign a lease that lasts for years (stupid of him, but legal).

He can only bill her part of the remodel if it is due to her damage. If she broke the cabinets, etc. In 10 years she could have done a lot of damage.

So, bottom line, is this might be legal, it depends on the wording of the contract your mother signed.

Joseph asks…

Questions about driving across country?

I am planning on driving from NJ to CA once I get enough money to move there. I will be by myself. I won’t have TOO much money but enough to make the trip and find an apartment there. I am a 22 year old woman and to save money, I plan on sleeping at truck stops. I was wondering a few things:

-Are there time limits or rules on truck stops for non-truck drivers?

-Do all truck stops have showers, or just some? Are they available for non-truck drivers? How much would I have to pay?

-Aside from staying at a cheap motel, are there any other options for showering on the road? Or are cheap motels really the best bet?

My ultimate goals are to save as much money as possible and stay as safe as possible. Thank you in advance for all answers.
Thank you for the answer. I ask about the showers because once I get there I want to look presentable when I see apartments and if by some chance I don’t find one, I would still have a job interview to look good for.

Administrator answers:

There are still only a few female truckers, so facilities for them may be scarce. The big stops, e.g. Union76, have showers and small rooms to rent that cost less than a motel. You rent a towel at the desk, eat at the restaurant, and save time looking for other digs. These stops are about a day’s run apart, 500 miles or so, but spaced irregularly. You can get a map of them at the closest one for planning purposes.

You don’t need a shower every day while driving.

If you stay hungry you won’t get so sleepy, then eat just before sleeping. Join AAA and have a cell phone.

John asks…

I want to move to CA to go to college, what suburbs can I move to that aren’t outrageously expensive?

I’m a 21 year old student from NJ. I work and go to school both full time. The cost of living is high here, 1 bdrm apartments are about $1000-$1200 a month for a decent neighborhood. Car insurance is high, with discounts, etc, mine is $1600 a yr for full coverage. College is so expensive…at my community college for in county residents its $101.50 a credit + plus fees! and it sucks!

I am determined to transfer to a four year college in CA to get my BSN in Nursing. I have a huge support system out there and I’ve just wanted to be there my whole life. My question is, I know how expensive it is to live out there, but is there anywhere I could live (and make $25 or so a yr) and commute to a 4 year school?

I need some solid names of colleges or universities that have Nursing (BSN) in CA, please? Also suburbs nearby that I could live in? I have family that live in Riverside, Long Beach, Mission Viejo. They would be willing to help me start out and find a job and everything. I also have relatives in AZ. Would it be cheaper to rent/go to college there?

Administrator answers:

With all due respect, when one thinks of palm trees, sunny weather and the beaches of Southern California, Bakersfield is just not on the top of the list.

That said, if your coming out here to go to school for Nursing, then do your research and find out which school has the best Nursing program and then you really don’t want to veer to far away since So Cal is notorious for its traffic jams. Also, tuition at colleges are more expensive for “out of state” students than in-state so you need to factor that into your decision.

Currently, Southern California has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and has been devastated by the foreclosures and overall hideous economy. On the bright side, there are opportunities for housing at a more affordable rate than at any time in the past 10-15 years. Rents on apartments are down, houses have become affordable (Riverside has seen the steepest percentage drop in home values in the nation).

As for Arizona, there is no question that cost of living and college tuition would be much less and housing opportunities are even more prevalent there then in CA. If money is your sole driving force than you would undoubtedly get a better bang for your buck in AZ.

Now having grown up on the east coast and visiting AZ many times to see reletives while living in So Cal, all I can tell you is that So Cal is freaking paradise compared to either NJ or AZ (unless of course you don’t mind 110+ degree temperatures for 4 months out of the year). Not only the weather but the beaches, the mountains and the overall lifestyle. Finally, if your a 21-year old kid, So Cal is pound-for-pound has the finest looking women on the planet!

Hope that helps. Good luck!

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