When A Parent Wants To Move Away

a yellow suitcase in the hallwayWhen one parent requests a long-distance move, the situation is hard on the entire family. If the relocation is granted, the child will be taken away from one parent with limited contact for long periods. All parties must carefully consider such parental relocation requests.

At the Law Offices of Robert C. Kaufman, PS, we have considerable experience with modification cases, including parental relocation. We understand that relocating may be necessary for one parent, but that this must be balanced with the needs of the child and other parent. Our experienced family law lawyer can represent the parent requesting or contesting the relocation. For consultation with an attorney about parental relocation, please give us a call.

How Will The Move Affect The Family?

In all cases involving child custody, the standard is the best interest of the child. Family courts in Washington must consider 11 factors when determining whether to grant parental relocation. The factors are not weighted by the court, so each judge’s interpretation of the statute can vary. It is important to have a skilled attorney to argue for your position.

In general, the court will try to determine whether the child will benefit from the move. Will his or her quality of life improve? What effect will the relocation have on the child’s development? Will it be possible to maintain a relationship with the other parent?

The court will also examine each parent’s reasons for requesting or contesting the move. Is the relocation necessary? Are the parties making their arguments in good faith? Are there alternatives to the relocation?

Each relocation case is unique, so it is best to discuss yours with an attorney before taking action. We will explain how the law is likely to apply to your case.

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