Move-Away And Relocation

Child custody determinations alone can be difficult proceedings, but when parents seek to relocate with their children, the difficulties are often multiplied.

The Los Angeles family law attorneys of Joel S. Seidel & Associates have extensive experience on both sides of relocations. We represent custodial parents who are seeking to relocate with their children, and we have also challenged move-away requests on behalf of noncustodial parents.

Our team of family lawyers handles very complex move-away cases, such as interstate and international relocations, as well as situations involving child abduction and the Hague Convention.

Protecting Your Rights And Your Child's Best Interests

California courts have broad discretion in child custody determinations, and any parent seeking to relocate with a child or prevent such a move should have dedicated legal counsel to ensure that the parent's rights and the child's best interests are protected.

Depending upon whether the parties share physical custody, the court may make its determinations based on the child's best interests, or other factors if there is not a shared custody arrangement. Courts are also mindful of the importance of having both parents in a child's life, and proposed move-aways can involve particularly delicate considerations, whether the proposed relocation is in state or out of state.

What Does The Court Consider In Relocation Cases?

In deciding whether to grant a move-away request, the court may consider a range of factors, including:

  • The impact the proposed move would likely have on the noncustodial parent's relationship with the child
  • The parents' past conduct
  • Whether the proposed move would cause detriment to the child

Schedule A Consultation

To arrange a consultation with a skilled family law attorney, contact Joel S. Seidel & Associates at 818-488-6423. Our offices are located Century City and Northridge, and we serve clients throughout Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Ventura.