Parental Relocations / Move aways

When one parent wants to "move-away" from another parent and take the parties child, it is probable that the party who is requesting to move with the child must request that the court allow such a move to take place. The court cannot stop the party from moving but it may stop the child from being moved.

In recent years, the law relating to parental relocation issues, often referred to as "move-aways," has been constantly changing. However, one point of law that never changes is that the court must weigh all the factors and make a decision that is in the best interest of the child.

The court weighs many factors when considering a parent's requests for permission to move away with the child. Some of those factors are listed below:

  • Strength of existing custodial relationships and degree to which parenting is shared
  • Distance of move
  • Ages of children
  • Relationship between parents
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate with each other in matters related to the children
  • Preference of the children

It continues to be particularly important that parents and their children be able to move to escape family violence or severe economic hardship.

For more information about relocation of either parent, contact one of the lawyers at our Riverside law firm. Call the Law Office of Heather Cullen. We have a second office location in Temecula.

We Represent Either Parent in Relocation Cases

At our family law firm, the Law Office of Heather Cullen, we help parents who are requesting to move and those who are trying to prevent the child from being relocated.

For those parents with primary custody, we assist them in the legal procedures necessary to relocate with the minor child form the Riverside and San Bernardino areas.

We also represent parents with secondary custody who oppose the child being relocated outside of Riverside or San Bernardino County areas. In many cases, the reason for opposition is complex, involving the cost of continuing visitation and the probability that the relationship with the parent will experience interruption. We help parents maintain their contact with their children by helping them oppose a relocation petition.

In some cases, when a parent is allowed to relocate with the minor child, the cost associated with traveling to maintain the visitation schedule warrants adjustment of the amount of child support paid. We calculate this for clients, submitting a petition to modify child support in conjunction with the request or objection to relocate with the minor child.

Because each case is different, we try to determine what is best for the children and recommend that approach to parents. We are technologically adept, using email, fax, and scanners to keep our out of town clients up to date about the progress of their matter.

For more information about parental relocation and how it might affect you, contact one of the attorneys at our Riverside law firm, the Law Office of Heather Cullen. We have a second law office location in Temecula.