Beverly Hills Relocation Attorney
Helping Parents Navigate Move-Away Custody Cases
Relocating when you share custody of your child(ren) can be difficult, regardless of whether you want to move to a new city or back to your hometown. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be complicated; in fact, it is completely within the realm of possibility.
At Feinberg & Waller, APC, our parental relocation attorneys help clients navigate all kinds of move-away custody cases. We know these cases like the backs of our hands, which is why it doesn’t matter if you plan to move immediately after divorce or years later. We are proud to say that we have helped countless clients over our decades of practice.
Requesting Relocation: Moving with Kids After Divorce
Feinberg & Waller, APC takes on relocation cases in which a divorced or divorcing parent is:
- Moving out of town
- Moving out of state
- Moving abroad
Even if you have the other parent’s verbal agreement to the move, you should also get their written approval. If the other parent ends up taking legal action, you don’t want it to come down to their word against yours. To further protect yourself and your rights as a parent, it is best to get a judge’s written approval before moving.
We recognize that most parents will not simply agree to let their ex move away with their child. For contentious move-away cases, you will need to take the matter to family court. Our Beverly Hills relocation attorneys can help you negotiate a move into a child custody arrangement or file a court order modification request.
Why Would a Judge Deny Relocation?
When reviewing a relocation case, the judge will consider one factor above all else: the best interests of the child. If the move would leave the child worse off, then the judge must deny your request.
You will have a better chance for success in your relocation case if you can show that moving out of the city, state, or country would be better for your child.
Hague Convention – International Child Relocation Cases
A judge may deny an international relocation case if they believe it violates the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
The Hague Convention was primarily designed to protect children from illegal or ill-prepared international adoptions. It also safeguards against child abduction and child trafficking, among other crises. If you don’t approach a move abroad correctly, you may be held accountable for violating the Hague Convention — even if you didn’t intend to.
For these reasons, it is important to work with an attorney if you are planning to move abroad with your child.
How Are the Best Interests of the Child Determined?
The judge will consider the following to determine whether the move would be in the best interests of your child:
- Will the child need to switch schools? And would the new school be better for their immediate and long-term educational needs?
- Will the move make it hard for the child to maintain a healthy relationship with the other parent?
- Will the move negatively affect the child’s relationship with any extended family members?
- What’s the reason for the move? Is it for a new job, better cost of living, or similar reason? Or does it appear to be out of spite for the non-custodial parent?
Experienced Relocation Lawyers in Beverly Hills
When you come to Feinberg & Waller, APC, you can rest assured you will be getting comprehensive legal services. Our Beverly Hills relocation lawyers sit on a team of family law specialists, associate attorneys, and general counsel. Together, our legal team shares more than 150 years of combined experience.
Certified Family Law Specialists
We have three certified family law specialists on our team. A certified family law specialist must pass a rigorous exam, fulfill mandated ongoing educational requirements, been favorably evaluated by peer review, and show at least a five-year focus and proficiency in family law.
At Feinberg & Waller, APC all the attorneys attend monthly team performance strategic planning sessions to execute and deploy tactical case management objectives. Clients receive added value as they are never charged for more than two of the attorneys during these meetings, yet the partners and associates together brainstorm on each matter within the firm.
Role of the General Counsel
The office of Feinberg & Waller, APC has a general counsel whose role is to focus on law firm management, corporate governance, and business policy. The litigation attorneys are then able to focus on your matter rather than having to concentrate on running the business aspect of a law firm.
Outstanding National and International Reputation
Firm shareholder, Marshall Waller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Fellows are recognized as having advanced skills in family law and are recognized leaders in the field.
Our Intake Process helps us determine if we can handle your matter while managing the needs of our existing clients.
Our Case Intake manager will ask you basic questions. Feinberg & Waller, APC limits the number of cases we accept because we’ve found that selectivity advances our commitment to excellence.
After the intake process, we run a conflict check to make sure we have not spoken with the other party in your matter in the past. If we determine that there is no conflict, our case intake manager will go over the range in fees , from our Paralegals at $195/hr, to our Associate Attorneys starting at $250/hr, and our Certified Family Law Specialists (CFLS) starting at $495/hr.
We will schedule your consultation with one of Feinberg & Waller, APC Certified Family Law Specialists. A CFLS has gone through a rigorous process of proven qualifications. If you find yourself in the position where you need to speak to an attorney immediately, you may schedule an initial consultation with Marshall Waller through our "Schedule Consultation" links.