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Parental Relocation and California Law

Following a divorce, former spouses are expected to adhere to the terms of their settlement, particularly in regards to alimony, child custody, child support and visitation. When a divorced parent wishes to relocate, it can put a strain on family relationships and affect existing agreements. Any modifications to a divorce settlement must be approved by the court, including any changes in an agreement that may result from parental relocation.

If you or an ex-spouse are planning to relocate, contact a divorce attorney to find out about the modification process and your rights as a parent. A qualified family lawyer can help prepare your petition requesting the move, or provide effective representation if you intend to challenge your ex-spouse's relocation.

How will the court determine if relocation is allowed?

There are many factors the court will consider when reviewing a relocation petition, including:

  • The location and distance of the relocation
  • Any increased transportation costs that will be incurred by the other spouse
  • The reason for the move

Parental relocations that are an attempt to limit or prevent a spouse from having contact with his or her children will be denied. The court will also prohibit a move if it is not in the best interests of the child. The Graves Law Firm can explain the laws pertaining to parental moves and how the court will most likely respond to the relocation request. The firm has helped families resolve post-marital issues such as relocation, and is extremely conscientious and aware of the many issues that can be involved.

Contact a family lawyer from our firm for qualified legal assistance with parental relocation.

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