Get expert help with move-away petitions from a child relocation attorney in Fontana CA
There are many perfectly valid reasons why a custodial parent may need to relocate in the years following a divorce or custody battle. For example, maybe they need to move to a different state to care for other family members, or maybe they can advance their career by moving. Did you know that there is a legal process to follow when a parent wants to move away with their child? It’s called a move-away petition, and it helps ensure that both parents get a say in whether a relocation is best for their child. Before you initiate or respond to a move-away petition, it is important to consult a child relocation attorney in Fontana CA who can explain your rights and your co-parent’s rights to you.
Initiating a Move-Away Petition
In the state of California, parents are presumed to have the legal right to relocate so long as they can prove to the court that they have a good reason for moving and that the move is in the best interests of the child. The following factors should be addressed in the move-away petition:
- 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
In order to create the most convincing argument possible in support of the move, it is highly recommended to hire a child relocation attorney in Fontana CA.
Challenging a Move-Away Petition
An experienced child relocation lawyer in Fontana CA like Kendall & Gkikas can also help non-custodial parents respond to petitions initiated by their exes. The two main ways we can challenge move-away petitions are by proving that the custodial parent is deliberately moving to deny you contact with your child, and/or by proving that the move would be detrimental to the child’s best interests. If the custodial parent absolutely must move, but the court does not approve it, you may be able to petition for primary custody of your child. If your challenge is successful, your co-parent will not be able to move without relinquishing primary custody of the child.
Why You Always Need a Child Relocation Attorney in Fontana CA
A child relocation attorney’s work goes far beyond initiating and challenging move-away petitions. Your child relocation attorney in Fontana CA can also assist you in petitioning for modifications to child custody and visitation agreements that will be necessary to ensure the best interests of the child continue to be protected after one parent relocates. So, even if you do not plan to contest the move-away petition, you will still want a qualified attorney from Kendall & Gkikas on your side .
Call Now For an Appointment with a Child Relocation Lawyer in Fontana CA
At Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP, every potential new client gets to have their initial consultation with an experienced child relocation lawyer in Fontana CA, not with a paralegal or junior partner as occurs at some other firms. To meet your attorney, please call our office to schedule your first consultation now.