Are you looking to move but share custody of your children? Whether you want to move back to your hometown or to a new city for a fresh start, our Westlake Village relocation lawyers will fight to make it possible.
Can You Move With Kids After Divorce?
At Feinberg & Waller, APC, we help clients negotiate child custody arrangements during and after divorce. That means we can also help file a request to modify your current arrangement.
We will work to show that your move is in the best interest of your child, whether you are:
- Moving out of town
- Moving out of state
- Moving across the county
- Moving abroad
Put more than 150 years of combined legal experience on your side!
Child Custody and Relocation Laws in California
If you plan to relocate and bring your children with you, the first step is to have a civil conversation with the other parent. Keep in mind that even if they verbally agree to your plan, you should get that agreement in writing. If you don’t, they could take the matter to court, where it will become an issue of your word against theirs.
It’s recommended to get a judge’s approval and a court order before moving with your child. Not only does this protect your parental rights, but it also saves you time in the long run. Most people will not be easily convinced to let their child move away. Get a jump start on the matter and talk to a lawyer.
What to Expect at Your Relocation Hearing
A judge overseeing a relocation hearing is looking to figure out what is in the best interests of the child. This is the No. 1 priority for all family law disputes involving children.
At your child relocation hearing, the judge will determine what’s in the best interest of your child by asking the following:
- What is the reason for the move? Is it for a better cost of living, new job, or to get back to your roots? Or is it just to spite your ex?
- How will the move change the relationship between your child and the other parent?
- Will the child need to switch schools? If so, is the new school district better?
- Will the move negatively impact your child’s relationship with extended family?
Our relocation attorneys can help you build a compelling, comprehensive case that stands strong against that of the other parent.
The Hague Convention
International relocation cases are particularly complicated, as you will need to consider the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. You may be held accountable for violating the Hague Convention if you move overseas with your child but without the approval of a judge or the other parent.
Odds of Winning a Relocation Case
The odds of winning a parent relocation case boil down to how strong your case for moving is. This applies regardless of whether you already have a custody arrangement, have a 50/50 joint custody agreement, or are the non-custodial parent. It’s more about what’s in the best interest of the child than anything else.
If you can prove that the move would best serve your child (both now and in the future), then you will be in a position to prevail in your move-away case. We’re here to help make that happen.
Get Started With a Consultation Today
Our team at Feinberg & Waller, APC is composed of certified family law specialists, associate attorneys, a general counsel, seasoned paralegals, and experienced administrative staff. Together, we bring over 150 years of shared legal experience to the table.
We always try to work out family disputes with empathy. However, as trial lawyers, we also know when we need to go to court to get the best long-term results.
A Reputation for Excellence
"Capable, attentive, and effective attorneys and staff who have gone above and beyond for our family! Superior expertise and strategy from Adina Rosenfeld and Marshall W. Waller."Verified Client Review
"The people of Feinberg & Waller, APC are consummate experts and truly care about their clients. While the topic is difficult and emotionally charged, they were able to explain things in terms that are easy to follow, ethically and reasonably motivated."Verified Client Posted Review
Marshall is a trusted advisor and delivers exceptional, quality service.Verified Business Referral Source