Child Custody and Visitation
It is the policy of the state of California that each parent have ‘frequent and continuing contact’ with their minor children. As you can imagine, this requirement is vague and can be different in each case. Some it may mean once or twice per week; in others it may be an equal timeshare. The court will use the ‘best interest’ standard when determining the appropriate timeshare. This means the judge will determine what he or she believes is in the best interest of your child when making the custody and visitation decision.
Proving your case can be difficult and you need an attorney skilled in this area. Our attorneys have extensive experience in litigating issues revolving around Child Custody / Visitation.
Most custody orders restrict a parent from moving out of their county of residence. So, if a parent wants to move with their children, he or she must obtain a new court order. Any judicial officer will tell you that a move-away case is one of the most difficult decisions they have to make. They understand the damage this can do to child and the relationship with the parent that stays behind.
Additionally, the law in this area is very complex and involves multiple factors. The complexity of these cases makes it difficult to win, especially if a party is unrepresented. We can stress enough how important it is to consult an attorney when attempting to move. Our attorneys have extensive experience in move-away cases and a track record of success.