Relocation Visitation Bond

I haven’t seen this before. A New York judge has allowed a divorced mother to move from New York to Toronto and take her son with her, but he ordered her to post a $60,000 bond to ensure the father’s visitation after the move. Here’s a story about it from Newsday.

State Supreme Court Judge John Bivona (in New York, this is the designation for trial court) cited evidence that the mother had a history of interfering with the father’s time with their son and said she had “sometimes dictated terms of visitation according to her whim.” The judge wrote that “visitation with a parent is not the privilege of the parent but the right of the child. Both [the father and the son] must have this right preserved by maximizing defendant’s opportunity to maintain a positive and nurturing father-son relationship.”