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Relocation and child custody

In many cases, the parent who has primary physical custody of a child can move to another city or state unless the child’s other parent can prove that the move would not be beneficial for the children. If you’re not sure whether your child’s custody order is permanent or temporary and want to know what California laws dictate concerning child custody and visitation, here are some essential factors to consider.

Joint custody

If you have joint physical custody of your children and your ex does not approve of your move, you have to provide evidence to the court that relocation is in the best interest of the children.

Even if you agree to sole or joint physical custody initially, the courts will review your parenting schedule. California courts will assess the parenting schedule at the time of the relocation instead of solely focusing on the schedules you and your ex put in place when the child custody and visitation agreement was drafted. It is also important to consult with an attorney before making a parenting plan so that your parental rights are protected.

Maintaining a relationship with your children

You can create a revised parenting plan that takes into account the fact that your children are moving to a new location. This allows you to continue spending quality time with your children and maintain a meaningful relationship with them. Consult with your attorney to come up with a new child custody and visitation schedule so you can see your children as often as possible. You can also take advantage of email and virtual visitation so you can chat with your children using web conference technology.