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Move Away Situation Lawyer | Nathans Family Law, APC

Move Away Situations

Custody and Visitation MEDIATOR AND Lawyer Helping Parents in Relocation and Move-Away Situations

Every parent’s greatest fear is losing their close, loving relationship with their child due to move away situations. Whether parents are separated from their child due to divorce, or they never lived full time with their child, they still want to protect the face-to-face time they share.

At Nathans Family Law APC, Mr. Nathans understand your concerns. Family law mediator and attorney Michael Nathans will work to offer you practical options and solutions to protect the parental rights of custodial and non-custodial fathers and mothers and the important relationships they have with their children. Attorney Michael Nathans has 25 years of experience negotiating parenting plan agreements and saving parents time and money in avoiding having to litigate those issues.

When you need legal help to protect your access to your child or your ability to support and care for your family, contact our Los Angeles law office to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced family law lawyer and mediator who understands how to help parents resolve move-away disputes.


Attorney Michael Nathans in Los Angeles can evaluate your child's move away situation case

Relocation Requests

A parent cannot simply move a child out of town or out of state. If a child custody order is in force, they must notify the other parent that they intend to leave and they must often bring a request to modify the child custody and visitation to court. The non-custodial parent then has a right to contest the request of the custodial parent to move away.

If you move a child any significant distance without permission of the court, you could be held in contempt of your court order and you could face legal penalties.

What California Courts Consider

California family courts always seek to protect the parent-child relationship. The court will want to know the circumstances of the move and whether it is in the child’s best interest. Situations where a relocation may be requested are when one parent gets a new job at more pay, is remarried, or when there are other financial or family changes. Mr. Nathans has handled hundreds of contested move-away cases, helping both parents mediate and negotiate a new parenting plan. Mr. Nathans knows what the courts are looking for when evaluating these situations.

Logistic and Financial Support Considerations

If the court grants the request to move the child, the custodial and non-custodial parents will need to arrive at a new parenting plan agreement that takes into account how the child will travel back to see the other parent and who will pay the travel costs. The non-custodial parent may be given more visitation by increasing summer vacation or holiday time to make up for missed time throughout the school year.

A change in child custody may also trigger a modification of the child support.


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Whether it's divorce, child custody or child support, clients benefit from Michael Nathans' expertise in family law and his dedication to helping individuals and families successfully and cost-effectively resolve their family legal matters.

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