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Relocation/ Move-Away

As life changes occur, one parent may desire to relocate and move away from the area with a child. Moving out of state with a child from Santa Monica usually will affect the custody and parenting time rights of both parents and typically requires a modification of the original court order. Trabolsi & Levy, LLP represents parents who wish to petition for relocation as well as those who object to a proposed relocation. We have handled relocations within Los Angeles and to other parts of California, as well as the more complicated scenarios of interstate or international relocation. These cases for moving out of state with a child in Santa Monica are often highly contested matters. We help clients understand their rights in these matters and ensure that the interests of the children come first.

The parent who wants to relocate must demonstrate a legitimate reason, such as a new job, family support or remarriage, and the move must be in the best interests of the child. A parent who opposes the move likewise has a burden to show a detriment to the child or intent to cut the non-custodial parent out of the picture. Relocation law and litigation is very complex. Parental relocation defies easy solutions, but our experienced family law attorneys can help negotiate a workable solution for a difficult situation. We help parents put the needs of their children first when moving out of state in Santa Monica and work out the compromises necessary to avoid litigation. If the other parent is unreasonable or has impure motives for seeking or challenging a move, we will vigorously assert your arguments and your child’s best interests in family court.