Child Relocation

Protect your right to time with your kids with help from a child relocation attorney

Child RelocationIt is fairly common for one or both parents to relocate in the years following a divorce or other type of child custody battle. In order to ensure that the child’s best interests are always protected, custodial parents wishing to leave the state with their children should file a move-away petition with their local family court. If the petition is accepted, the child custody or visitation agreement will likely be modified to reflect the changed family circumstances. A skilled child relocation attorney such as Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP can help with every aspect of this process to ensure that children continue to receive appropriate contact with both parents.

Initiating a Child Relocation Petition

Submitting a move-away petition is a fairly straight-forward process that can be easily completed with the help of a child relocation attorney. The petition must include the both reason for the move and the reason that it is in the best interests of the child. When reviewing the petition, the court will consider:

  • The age of the child
  • The current relationship with the parents
  • The impact on the non-custodial parent’s access to the child
  • The impact of the move on the child’s well-being and emotional stability

Responding to a Move-Away Petition

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If done in good faith, custodial parents have the right to move away and possibly take their children with them. However, as the non-custodial parent you do have the right to challenge a move-away petition. If you can convince a judge that the move would be detrimental to the children’s best interests, you may be able to either prevent the move or get custody yourself.

Get a Tough but Fair Child Relocation Attorney on Your Side Now

At Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP, we always keep your children’s best interests top of mind. Whether you are the parent initiating the move or the one responding to it, we will fight to protect your right to spend quality time with your kids. Our expertise in child custody agreements and modifications will also be invaluable, as we can assist you in coming to new arrangements that will provide each parent fair access to the children after the move. We are happy to serves as your child relocation attorney in negotiation with the other parent and their attorney, or in litigation as the case may require.

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Kristina Kendall-Gkikas
Kendall & Gkikas LLP
143 N. Harvard Avenue, 2nd Floor
Claremont, CA, 91711 USA
909-482-1422