RELOCATION FOR EX-SPOUSES WITH CHILDREN IN CALIFORNIA
SAN JOSE MILITARY DIVORCE LAWYERS
It is increasingly common for parents to relocate in today’s mobile society. Some do so because of military deployment orders. Others move to pursue professional opportunities. Some people relocate to care for ailing family members.
Under California law, a parent who has been awarded primary custody of a child may change his or her residence, even if the parent has previously agreed not to do so. However, a move is subject to approval by the court. Essentially, a court will not allow a move if it is not in the best interests of the child.
This is especially important when a couple shares custody of a child. Both parents’ rights must be considered, regardless of the amount of time the child spends with each parent. The court will incorporate a new analysis to determine whether the current custody arrangement should continue. It will consider a number of factors related to what is in the best interests of the child, including:
- Each parent’s reasons for seeking (or opposing) the move
- The quality of the child’s relationship with each parent
- The impact of the move on the child’s future contact with the non-custodial parent
- Whether the move would enhance the parent’s (and the child’s) quality of life, financially and emotionally
- The children’s ages, their preferences (if old enough to express one) and how the move may affect them
- The relative distance of the move