Child Relocation Attorney in Pasadena
Helping You Protect Your Parental Rights
Unsurprisingly, after a divorce, it is not uncommon for a family to go through several changes. Some of these changes might take you to different a location to begin a new life and, if you have children, this can complicate matters. Although a judge cannot force you or your co-parent to stay put, your custody order will undoubtedly change to protect the children’s best interests. At the Law Offices of Christopher L. Hoglin, P.C in Pasadena, our family law team prides itself on providing knowledgeable and compassionate legal guidance. If you are trying to relocate with your children or you have concerns about your former spouse moving away with the children, reach out to us for the exceptional representation you deserve.
Contact the Law Offices of Christopher L. Hoglin, P.C in Pasadena today at (626) 653-4075 to set up a free initial consultation.
Can the Custodial Parent Relocate with the Children?
As long as the move will not impact the children’s best interests, a custodial parent can relocate with the children. However, he or she must provide a written notice of these plans and the co-parent must receive this notice at least 45 days before the move. During this time, the non-custodial parent can object to the move and ask for a modification of the child custody order.
If the non-custodial parent objects to the move, a judge will schedule a relocation hearing. If the non-custodial parent can prove that the move is not in the children’s best interests, a judge might grant a modification of the custody order.
Below are some of the factors the judge will examine before determining if a modification is appropriate:
- The distance of the move
- The children’s emotional, educational, and physical needs and whether the move will meet these needs
- The children’s needs for stability and continuity
- The custodial parent’s reason for relocating
- The relationship between both parents and the children
- The children’s relationships with extended family members
- If the move will harm the children’s relationship with the non-custodial parent
- Any other factors the court deems important
What if the Non-Custodial Parent Relocates?
The non-custodial parent is free to move at any time, but he or she cannot relocate with the children. Moreover, many custody arrangements also keep non-custodial parents from taking children across state lines, especially in cases where a non-custodial parent has a history of interfering with the custodial parent’s relationship with the children. However, it is possible for a judge to grant a modification to the custody agreement to try and preserve the bond between the non-custodial parent and the children.
Contact Our Knowledgeable Child Custody Team in Pasadena
If you or your co-parent plans on moving away and cannot agree on a solution for your child custody arrangement, reach out to the team at the Law Offices of Christopher L. Hoglin, P.C. for the knowledgeable legal services you need to field your way through this emotionally charged process.
Contact our law office today at (626) 653-4075 to arrange a free initial consultation with our family law attorney.
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