Legal Services For Parents During Move-away and Relocation Disputes
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Child custody is an emotionally-charged topic that’s made even more challenging when distance becomes part of the equation. But the reality is that following the end of a serious relationship, it’s not uncommon for an individual to “start over” in many ways. This is a time of change and new opportunities, which may include a move to a different area.
Some parents move for a new career opportunity, while others move to another region so they’re closer to family and friends. Whatever the reason for your move-away, one thing is certain: it can lead to challenges in terms of your child custody arrangement.
If you’re planning a move that will impact your child custody and visitation agreement, you’ll typically need to appear before the courts to request a modification. This is precisely where our child custody lawyers can help, as the family law attorneys of Sarieh Law Offices have many years of experience with this type of case.
When you trust your case to Sarieh Law Offices, you’ll have an opportunity to work with an experienced family law specialist with a certification from the State Bar of California. Serving Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area, our child custody lawyers know what it takes to get results for our clients. We take an aggressive stance as we work to protect your interests and the interests of your child.
If you’re planning to move away and need assistance with modifying your child custody and visitation agreement, trust the legal team at Sarieh Law Offices. Get a free and confidential case evaluation by calling (714) 542-6200.
Common Questions and Concerns About Moving and Child Custody in California
A move to another location within California, out-of-state or even out of the country can necessitate a revision to your child custody arrangement. It’s common to have lots of questions, so our California child custody lawyers have compiled information on a few of the most common questions and concerns on this topic.
What Happens if a Custodial Parent Wishes to Move Away?
In the State of California, a custodial parent — that is, a parent who has sole custody of their child — typically has the ability to relocate their child’s place of residence, assuming there is no threat to the child’s welfare. The court has the authority to intervene if there is a perceived threat to the child’s welfare.
Additionally, the non-custodial parent has the right to challenge the other parent’s plans to move and they can request a revision of the custody agreement since this constitutes a significant change in circumstances.
In a situation involving joint custody, the parent who plans to move must typically provide evidence that the move is necessary and in the child’s best interests.
The parents will appear in court and each parent (or their attorney) will have an opportunity to present information and evidence that supports their proposal for a new child custody arrangement. The courts can then make a decision concerning the move and a new custody arrangement.
In cases where a new custody arrangement is necessary, it is commonplace for the courts to address the issue of child support as well. This is because child support is significantly impacted by the child custody arrangement.
Do You Always Need a New Custody Arrangement When Relocating?
Not necessarily. If the parents would be able to uphold their end of the custody agreement, despite the relocation, then a new custody arrangement may not be required.
A new custody agreement is required in cases where the relocation renders the current agreement non-viable. For instance, let’s say that one parent has the child on weekdays and the other parent has the child on weekends. Yet one parent plans to move from California to Texas, necessitating a new agreement since it would be impractical and/or impossible to uphold this custody arrangement while living in different states.
Can a New Custody Agreement Be Decided Out of Court?
It is certainly possible for two parents to negotiate independently so that they can arrive at a new custody arrangement that is agreeable to both parties.
In fact, one of the services that our family law attorneys offer is negotiation and mediation – a cooperative process designed to arrive at a mutually-agreeable resolution.
In this situation, your attorney can also assist by helping you to formalize this new arrangement with the courts.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Change My Custody Arrangement for a Move?
Relocating can be a stressful experience; one that’s made even more complex when child custody matters are involved.
Our family law attorneys can play an essential role in your case, working to help you formulate an ideal outcome for your new custody arrangement. Then, our lawyers will guide you through the process of negotiating a new agreement out of court.
When this is not possible, we will represent you in the California family courts, presenting a compelling argument that your move and your proposed custody arrangement is in the child’s best interest.
In short, working with a child custody lawyer will maximize your chances of seeing a positive outcome, with a favorable custody arrangement that will accommodate your relocation.
Our Family Law Attorneys Are Committed to Helping You Resolve Child Custody Issues When Relocating
Moving to a new location is stressful enough without adding custody issues to the equation. This is where you can benefit from working with a family law lawyer who can help you modify your custody arrangement in a favorable manner in preparation for your move.
At Sarieh Law Offices, our child custody lawyers work with families throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Our elite legal team includes experienced family law specialists who have been certified by the State Bar of California, so you’ll enjoy added peace of mind knowing that you’ve trusted your child custody case to some of the area’s most experienced professionals.
The legal team at The Sarieh Law Offices is now available to provide you with a free, fully confidential case evaluation. Simply call (714) 542-6200.