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Experienced Guidance for a Move

Divorced parents may desire to move to another part of Virginia or out of state for many reasons. A new job, a new marriage or a fresh start in a new city can be alluring. When moving with a child, however, parents must fulfill specific legal obligations before relocating.

Whether you are relocating or your ex-spouse is relocating, the experienced Fairfax parental relocation attorneys at Becker, Kellogg & Berry, P.C., will provide you with knowledgeable advice about your rights and responsibilities, the feasibility of a relocation as well as guidance through the legal process of a parental relocation.

Specific Requirements for Parental Relocations

Children benefit from having both parents involved in their lives, and parents often share important decisions about their children's upbringing and care through joint legal custody. When one parent moves, the other parent's involvement in the children's lives can be affected. For these reasons, Virginia law provides specific requirements that a custodial parent must follow before moving with a child out of state or to a distant part of Virginia.

If a court order relating to custody and visitation has been ordered by a court, Virginia law requires the parent who plans to move to provide notice to the court and to the other parent. The notice should provide information such as the date of the proposed move, the new address and the new telephone number.

After receiving this notice, the other parent may object to the proposal or seek a modified relocation agreement that satisfies that parent's concerns. If the court receives an objection from the parent in a timely manner, the judge will decide whether to allow the child's relocation based on the best interests of the child.

Springfield Move-Away Attorneys

If you are planning to move or if you have just received notice that the other parent of your children plans to move, our law firm can help you with the specific legal obligations set in state law. In the event that you or the other parent objects to a move, our experienced family law lawyers can help you negotiate an agreement that is in the best interests of your children. If we are not able to resolve your relocation dispute through negotiation or mediation, our firm's lawyers will use their litigation experience to ensure that your rights and the interests of your children are fully protected in the courtroom.

If you have a parental relocation dispute, schedule an in-depth initial consultation with our firm. Call 703-962-1829 (toll free 866-494-2620) or contact us online.

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