Starting a Child Move-Away Case in the State of California
This is the first post in what will be a several post discussion on the process of relocating a child outside of California. In recent posts I have briefly touched on how move-away cases are impacted by special circumstances – such as being a military member. In this series I will provide a more in-depth discussion of what the full move-away process looks like from beginning to end. The instant discussion is meant to provide an outline of the upcoming topics.
If you are separated from the parent of your child and you wish to relocate your children outside of California then it is important to contact an experienced child custody attorney immediately. Many factors impact move-away cases. These include whether or not you have sole or joint custody, the quality of the relationship you have with your child, the relationship your child has with the other parent, and the reason you are moving. The most important thing to remember if you are planning to move with your child is that there are official channels that you must go through. If a current custody order is in place from a California court then you are required to ask the California court’s permission prior to relocating your child outside of the state. By speaking with a family law attorney you will quickly get an idea of how strong your case is, how long the process will take, and what steps you need to take in order to plan accordingly.
Move-away cases generally have several steps. In my next several posts I will be discussing what parents need to know regarding each step of the relocation process. I will address:
- What steps a parent should take prior to contacting a family law attorney
- How to file the initial the initial relocation request and what happens next
- What the discovery process in a move-away case will consist of
- What you need to know about attending the evidentiary hearing
- What to know about life after a relocation case
Relocation cases vary in the amount of time they take. They can be resolved anywhere from a few months after being filed or they can be dragged out for years. If you wish to leave the state of California with your child then it is important to submit your request as soon as possible. Contact the San Diego law office of Thomas Huguenor today and receive a free consultation regarding the strength of your move-away case.