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NCIS: New Orleans actress battling with ex over recent move

When divorced parents who share custody of their children are required to relocate for the good of their career, they sometimes find themselves hamstrung by the objections of their co-parent.

Many couples place limitations on relocation in their custody agreements. Other times, a parent doesn't raise an objection until a relocation is on the horizon.

No matter how much you may disagree with your ex's objections to relocate with your child, however, it's essential that you work with your attorney to secure the right to do so if your current custody agreement doesn't allow it.

Zoe McLellan, an actress most recently known for her role on the television series NCIS: New Orleans is being challenged by her ex-husband because she took her 4-year-old son to Toronto after she accepted a role in on another series, Designated Survivor, which is shot there.

McLellan shares custody of the boy with her ex-husband, actor J.P. Gillain. He says that she notified him of the move just two days before leaving the country. Reportedly, she had little notice herself that she needed to report to the Toronto set.

Gillain has asked a judge to order her to return their son. He argues that the boy needs stability and shouldn't be relocated every time his mother gets a role in another location.

However, the actress has reportedly been trying to change the original custody agreement for several years. She argues that she is her son's primary caregiver. In an interview earlier this year, she referred to herself as a "single mom." In 2014, she told a court that her ex-husband had little involvement in their son's life and couldn't even properly put him to bed.

Her ex-husband also fought her, unsuccessfully, when she moved with their son to New Orleans to take the NCIS role, for which she reportedly earned $45,000 per episode.

McLellan has argued that her ex isn't financially able to care for their son in the manner that she has been. She says she's offered to pay Gillain's travel expenses to and from Canada to visit him.

Of course, when parents argue over custody and visitation issues, the children caught in the middle sometimes suffer more than anyone. That's why it's essential to have the guidance of an experienced Louisiana family law attorney who can present your case effectively and work to settle the matter as expediently and successfully as possible.

Source: MSN, "'NCIS: New Orleans' star Zoe McLellan accused of kidnapping son by ex-husband," Jessica Wedemeyer, Aug. 05, 2017

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