Relocation Following a Divorce

When a couple decides that they can no longer honor the commitments they made in marriage, they may turn to divorce to legally separate their lives. While individuals may wish to immediately relocate following a failed marriage, the issue may become complicated if children are involved. In many cases, individuals who wish to relocate after a divorce will have to file a petition with the court to grant the move.

There are many reasons an individual may want to relocate following a divorce, including new job opportunities, a desire to be closer to family and familiar surroundings, or a desire to start over somewhere new. When children are involved, the court may have to decide whether the move is justified and how it will affect the child. The San Diego divorce lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP are here to help you with your divorce case. Contact us at 760-722-7646 today.

Relocation Petition Considerations

When considering a relocation petition, the court will usually take into account:

  • The age of the child
  • The desires of the child if he or she is of a mature age
  • The nature and stability of the child's relationship to each parent, siblings, and other family members
  • The intent of the individual seeking or opposing the relocation
  • Whether or not the individual seeking relocation is doing so to cause difficulty with child visitation
  • The impact the relocation may have on the child's emotional and physical development

The non-custodial parent may be forced to relocate themselves or see the child only on holidays or summer visits if the court determines that relocation is in the best interest of the child.

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The San Diego divorce lawyers of Fisher & Van Thiel, LLP are here to help you if you are considering filing for divorce from your spouse. Contact us at 760-722-7646 to discuss your legal options.

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