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Noah Baumbach’s latest film, Marriage Story, chronicles the breakdown of a marriage between a director, Charlie, and his actor wife, Nicole, as they struggle through a divorce trying to co-parent while living on opposite coasts. When the marriage falls apart, Nicole moves from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, where her family lives, with their young son Henry for a job opportunity. Charlie contests Nicole’s relocation to L.A., which separates him from Henry and negatively impacts his parenting time with Henry, arguing over and over “we’re a New York family.” This is a reality many divorced parents face. The emotional and financial consequences of divorce can often result in one or both parents moving to a different state or sometimes, less dramatically, a different town or county within the same state. Where there is a true shared custody arrangement (i.e., both parents have substantial parenting time with their children), a relocation can substantially affect parenting time and can thus become a hotly-contested issue.

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