Relocation Cases

An attorney who will fight for your family

The terms outlined in a divorce decree are most likely to change as circumstances change in the lives of the parties involved. One common change that takes place after a divorce with children involves the relocation of children. This happens when a parent with custody of a child or children moves to a new location for a better job, a new home, or even due to remarriage, among other reasons.

Relocation cases are complex and require the knowledge of an experienced Mesa family law attorney. At Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen LLC, we'll fight for your rights and your family's interests during this complex time.

Appropriate notice and relocation requests

Arizona law dictates that specific steps should be followed when a parent plans to move a child more than 100 miles away. Appropriate legal procedures and court filings are required in order to comply with the law and avoid being held in contempt of court. This includes giving a 60-day notice by certified mail in some circumstances. Relocating without following the proper protocols can jeopardize the relocating parent's custody of the child.

Once a relocation request has been properly filed with the court, circumstances must be evaluated to determine if the request will be granted. The moving parent must be able to prove that the move is in the best interests of the child. There are several factors that can play a role in this determination, including:

  • Current relationship of child with both parents
  • Current relationship and interaction with siblings
  • Mental and physical health of all parties involved, including parents and children
  • Criminal records of both parents
  • Age and maturity of the child
  • Desires of the child

The court will weigh the current established relationships between the children, the parents and other family members when deciding whether the move is in the interests of the child. As a rule, Arizona courts take a dim view of relocations that are intended purely to disrupt established, appropriate relationships. Other considerations include the advantages for the parent who is choosing to move and the likelihood that the moving parent will comply with custody or parenting time orders.

Keep it legal and clear

Relocation cases definitely require the knowledge and expertise of an experienced family lawyer. Regardless of which side of the case you're on, you'll want to be sure your rights and rights of your child are a priority. Whether you need to move with your child or fight your ex-spouse's attempt to relocate, we'll go to work to make sure you are protected.

Attorney Brad Crider and his team have the experience and resources needed to handle complex relocation cases. We'll fight to make sure your rights and the rights of your child are a priority, and we know how to fairly and convincingly present your side of the story before the court.

Don't proceed with such a complex situation alone; you risk making matters worse. Contact us online or call 480-378-9000 today to speak with an experienced Mesa family law attorney.

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