If you are a parent and are considering relocating, talk to a lawyer immediately to find out about your legal options. The courts will consider the child’s best interests — not the parents’. Additionally, if you are a parent who wishes to object to a child move-away situation, talk to an attorney about your legal options.

At the Law Offices of Lori Clark Viviano in San Diego, we represent parents in child move-away and relocation situations. Contact a relocation attorney to schedule an initial consultation. Call (619) 817-8691 or (866) 567-3520 (Toll-Free).

Court Considerations

Before a parent can move away from his or her child (or move with his or her child) court approval must be acquired. First, the court will consider whether there is a legitimate reason for the move:

  • Relocation for a job
  • Relocation for military service
  • Remarriage

The court will also consider stability, continuity, child custody and visitation, distance, age of child, relationship between parents, motives, child’s wishes (for older children), and whether the move is in the child’s best interests.

How Far Is Too Far?

Studies show that when a parent moves too far away from a child, it’s as if they don’t exist. As with any other family law matter involving children, the courts will consider the best interests of the child. While there are many issues at play in a child move-away situation, a great physical distance between a parent and a child does appear to be in the child’s best interests.

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If you have questions about child relocation, contact our San Diego law firm. Mention our website when you call to receive a discounted rate on your first meeting.

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