There are many reasons why people choose to move—a new job, financial motives, or pursuing a lifestyle change. If you have a child and another parent has visitation rights, you need to consider the impact a move will have on your child. In the state of California, relocation with a child who has shared custody falls under child custody law. If you are looking to relocate, I can help to ensure things move as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Moving away cannot be inhibited by a court. It can, however, prevent your child from leaving with you if their child custody order mandates visitation rights for the other parent. A parent wishing to move needs to show evidence that the move is in the child’s best interest. They must also obtain written permission for the court and come to an understanding with the other parent.
If you move to another state and do not notify the other parent, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act mandates that the other parent has six months to take legal action before the child will officially establish residence in that state.
It will be important to examine the standing child custody and visitation plan and determine the roles that both parents play in a child’s life. If both parents share an equal amount of time with the child, it may not be possible to relocate the child.
If you are trying to relocate with your child, I can help you navigate the complexities of laws regarding child custody in California. Call my firm now at (559) 222-4891 to discuss your custody and relocation concerns.