As a parent, you are not alone in believing that there is nothing more important than your child. Your child is your number one priority, and you will do everything you can to ensure that your child’s best interests are protected through every phase of life. After a divorce, if you were granted custody of your child, there is a chance that you are now looking to move away with your child, either for work reasons or otherwise. In some cases, this isn’t an issue, however, at times, it can be. Please read on and reach out to our knowledgeable California family law attorneys to learn more about move-away cases and our legal team can assist you and your child. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do move-away cases work with parents who have sole custody?
Generally speaking, when one parent has sole legal and physical custody of a child and they are looking to relocate with their child, it’s not an issue if they wish to move away. However, if your former spouse contests the move and says that you will be endangering the well-being of your child by moving away, or that the proposed move would not be in your child’s best interests, there is a very good chance that you will require the court’s permission to relocate with your child.
Will I be allowed to move out of state with my child if my former spouse and I share custody?
When courts look at custody matters, their number one concern will always be the child’s best interests. This means that if one spouse opposes the move, the court will have to evaluate a wide array of factors to determine whether the proposed move would be in the child’s best interests. If they determine that the move is in the child’s best interests, they will most likely allow the relocation. Some of the factors they will consider are as follows:
- The reason why the custodial parent is requesting the move
- The non-custodial parent’s reasoning for opposing the move
- Whether you are moving away to get a higher-paying job, which would benefit the child financially
- Whether the move would have a negative impact on your child’s social life
- Whether you are moving to an area with a better school district for your child
- Whether you are moving away to bring your child closer to extended family
- Whether you are moving away to keep you and your child safe from your former spouse
- Whether the move would overall benefit your child socially, economically, and educationally
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Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.