Parental Relocation & Child Custody
La Mesa Attorney
The relocation of a child can have drastic effects on the relationship between the non-custodial parent and the child. When the custodial parent decides to relocate, the noncustodial parent can object, citing reasons that are contrary to the best interests of the child. For over 25 years, I have worked as an attorney to help countless individuals ensure that their rights as parents are respected. Whether you are trying to prevent your child from moving away from you, or are looking to relocate to another city for the betterment of your family, I am here to help you.
Do not wait to discuss your rights and options regarding relocation. Call my office at (619) 304-8499 for a free 10-15 minute phone consultation.
How Does Relocation Work?
In California, the relocation process includes the following steps:
- First, you must file paperwork with the family law courts, stating your reasons for relocation. These reasons must reflect that it is in the best interest of the child.
- Next, a court hearing, or hearings, will be scheduled.
- During the hearing(s), the judge will decide whether the relocation is in the best interest of the child, using information obtained from both parents.
Understanding California Family Code Section 3040
California Family Code Section 3040 is used as the standard when deciding on child custody cases. In addition to placing an emphasis on the health, safety, and welfare of the child, the courts almost always push for frequent and continuing contact with both parents. This second condition is what is often debated by both parents during relocation hearings. The relocating parent will argue that continual contact will not be disrupted, while the noncustodial parent will argue the contrary. These cases tend to be extremely complex, thus having an experienced lawyer is vital to gaining a favorable result.
To learn more about child custody relocation laws, call me at (619) 304-8499.
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