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    At the Land Legal Group, our Los Angeles divorce attorneys know that when our clients share minor children with their soon-to-be-ex-spouses, the details of their dissolution become much more involved.

    We also know that some spouses can pursue their California child custody agreements on their own, or through mediation or other negotiations, while others must take their arguments to court for the judge to decide.

    The one thing most divorced parents have in common is they want their child custody agreement to be finalized as soon as possible, so everyone involved can move forward. So, when one parent decides they want to move with the children, he or she is typically met with resistance from the other parent.

    Our Los Angeles family law attorneys can help you pursue the best outcome for your potential relocation case or understand your rights to oppose it.

    Here is what you need to know about navigating the complex requirements for a relocation petition in California.

    A California Relocation Petition Requires Parents to Prove What is in the Best Interests of the Children

    There are multiple reasons why one parent may need to relocate with their children, and when they are pursued in good faith, the court is typically more apt to hear about the advantages of taking the children further away from their other parent.

    Common good faith reasons to move with children are to seek a better job and/or housing opportunities, continue your education, or get closer to extended family members while ensuing regular visitation would still be possible.

    The court will not entertain any attempts to purposely limit the other parent’s involvement in the kids’ lives or punish him or her for their role in the marriage’s dissolution.

    If the parents of minor children cannot reach a mutually beneficial agreement regarding relocation, the California family courts will evaluate each case using strict criteria that prove how the move or denying the move is in the best interest of the children.

    That includes:

    • The age of the children
    • The reasons for the proposed move
    • The approximate distance of the move
    • The child’s relationship with each of their parents and extended family
    • The extent of the shared custody between the parents
    • What the child desires (in some cases)
    • How disrupting contact with your child and the other parent might affect your child
    • How a move could impact the child’s development
    • Whether the child will have improved or diminished access to quality education, housing, and extracurricular activities
    • Access to technology and alternate parenting schedules to facilitate an ongoing relationship with the other parent

    No matter which side of the move you are on, you will need experienced child custody and relocation attorney in Los Angeles to help build your case for success. We can help, starting with a free case evaluation.

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    Contact our skilled family law attorneys in Los Angeles at the Land Legal Group today at 310-552-3500 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your unique needs and to learn how we can help.

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