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Child Relocation Attorney in California

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half a million people leave California on a yearly basis. On top of that, an average of 315 people a day move from Los Angeles County to somewhere else in the state! These staggering statistics impact thousands of children and their divorced parents.

Whatever the reason for the move, families involved in this situation face a complex legal process. If you are seeking to move with your child out of the area or are seeking to prevent the relocation, our experienced lawyer can guide you through the legalities involved. Fill out our case evaluation to get started.

What happens if one parent wants to move away?

No matter the reason motivating a move, divorced spouses in these circumstances face tough decisions on how best to maintain the child's relationships with both parents. If one parent challenges the move, things can get legally and emotionally complicated.

Either parent, whether it be the one desiring to move or the one seeking to block the relocation of a child, can bring their case to the courts. The viewpoint of the judge, however, depends on the current custody arrangement and visitation plan. For families with sole custody arrangements, California law grants a presumptive right to the primary custodial parent. The opposing parent has to prove it would be harmful to the child if they were to leave the area. For parents with joint custody, no such presumption is given. In both cases, the judge will make his or her decision on what's in the best interest of the child.

The court will look at many factors during relocation hearings in determining what is in the child's best interests, including:

  • Length of time the current custody order has been in place
  • Stability of the child's current environment
  • Child's age
  • Relationship of the child with both parents
  • How the move will affect co-parenting abilities
  • Where the child wishes to live
  • Validity of the reason to move

The Law Offices of John C. Bigler is ready to represent you in your child relocation case!

If are dealing with the difficult situation of child relocation, our certified family law specialist can help you unravel the intricacies of California law and provide you with empathetic and expert representation! We recognize the importance of preserving the relationship you have with your child! Contact us today to begin your child relocation case.