There was a sound and substantial basis in the record for Family Court’s decision to deny mother’s request to modify joint custody agreement incorporated into, but not merged with, parties’ judgment of divorce so as to permit mother to relocate child to New Jersey, and to grant father’s petition for sole custody; although mother testified that New Jersey judicial clerkship was her only job offer after her law school graduation, there was little evidence in record regarding her job search in the area near the former marital home, a parallel move by father was not feasible due to his employment as university professor, testimony of both parents reflected that each had a loving relationship with child, and there was evidence that mother attempted to thwart and frustrate father’s visitation.
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