It is common for an individual to wish to relocate to a new area after a divorce or annulment. While moving to a new area can be seen as a fresh start towards a new beginning, it can also introduce certain complications in regards to child custody and visitation. If you are looking to move away with your child or are fearful that your child’s other parent may attempt to do so, contact the Orange County family law attorneys at Gill Law Group, PC. Backed by years of proven legal experience and inclusion on the National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 list, our advocates can protect your rights as a parent and maximize your chances of securing the outcome you desire.
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A “move away” case occurs when a parent with joint or sole custody of a child chooses to move to an area that is far enough away that it would affect the current custodial arrangement, requiring a modification to the existing custody and visitation order. Generally speaking, parents in California who have permanent sole physical custody are permitted to move away with their children unless the other parent is able to show that the move would in some way harm the children. If parents share physical custody and the non-moving parent does not want the child to move, the moving parent must be able to demonstrate to the courts that the move is in the best interests of the children.
It is important to note, however, that this issue solely revolves around whether or not the child leaves or stays – not the parent. The courts cannot prevent a parent from moving. Parents are required to pursue mediation and attempt to come to a mutual arrangement before a judge will issue a modification. If an agreement cannot be reached, a judge will make a decision on the parents’ behalf.
The court’s decision will be influenced by the following factors:
At Gill Law Group, PC, we understand how important it is that you maintain an active presence in your child’s life. Having earned unanimous praise from past clients and a highly-respected reputation within the legal community for our unmatched client satisfaction and skill, our team of Orange County divorce lawyers can provide the “client first” service and strong advocacy you need during this time. With responsive communication and a dedication to keeping you informed and updated with all relevant developments in your case, we have what it takes to help you achieve your goals.
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