“Better to do good at home
than to go far away to burn incense.”
When parents divorce and one of them moves to a distant place, what happens to the parenting plan? How can joint custody work when a “move-away” makes your reasonable plan impractical, if not impossible to fulfill? Child custody for parents that live far apart depends on what is in the best interest of the children.
The goal of any State of California court when it comes to custody for parents that live far apart is to provide custody orders and assign visitation according to what they determine is in the best interest of the children. For the most part, the presumed “best case scenario” for kids is that custody orders provide time for both parents with their children. When one parent moves away after custody and visitation has been ordered, then what?
Whether the parent has joint or sole custody, when they choose to move to a location (or are required to move for work purposes), California courts will see this as a “move-away” case. To be considered a move-away the move has to be far enough to affect the current custodial arrangement. Simply moving across town may not warrant a change, but when one of the parents moves a significant distance, current custody and visitation orders will need to be modified.
Here’s how that modification works. If you or your ex-spouse are moving, we can help you petition the court for new custody orders. If you are moving, we’ll help you request to move the child with you, if your ex-spouse is moving we will file a motion so that your children can stay with you.
Mediation is the place to start the negotiations for a new parenting plan, before seeing a judge. If you and your ex-spouse can’t come to an agreement we can represent you and the interests of your children at the court hearing.
Child custody for parents that live far apart is more complicated than regular child custody cases. The focus of Attorney Ann A. Thomson’s counsel in child custody cases is to utilize creativity and flexibility to reach quick and efficient resolution. Not only does this minimize the cost to our clients but it also saves you and your children from unnecessary additional emotional trauma in the process. Working through complications and challenges such as parents living far apart is part of our ability to employ strong negotiation techniques to achieve an equitable and reasonable child-first parenting plan.
Take advantage of the trial experience and proficiency of Ann A. Thomson (Seal Beach family law attorney) . Call 562-431-4333 or contact us online anytime to schedule your appointment for a free initial consultation.