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Child custody issues in the face of parental relocation

Stockton children who split their time between the households of their parents can have very different child custody experiences. When the children's parents get along and live in the same community, the transition between house to house may be relatively peaceful. If their parents argue and push the limits of the custody determinations, the experience may be more stressful on the children.

Even bigger disputes may arise if the parents do not live near each other or if one parent desires to move with the child to a distant location. Pursuant to Section 7501 of the California Family Code a parent with custody of his child may relocate a child to a new residence, but that move may be challenged by the other parent and halted by a court. If the court believes that a child's relocation with a custodial parent would be detrimental to his well-being or infringe upon that child's rights, the removal may be stopped.

A court may consider how far the move is from the child's original residence and noncustodial parent and may also look at how feasible it would be for the child to maintain a relationship with his noncustodial parent. California family courts ultimately look at whether the matters in their courts will serve the best interests of the child subject to their rulings and try to create sound judgments that meet the child's needs.

A parent may be forced to move for a job or other personal commitment. If he has physical custody of his child, he may be able to move his child with him as he leaves for a new location. However, as each child custody matter is different, readers of this blog post should not consider the information contained here as specific legal advice. Those who need guidance on this complex topic of family law may contact their legal representatives for more information on the subject.

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