As we all know, divorce/separation is a highly emotional event – especially when children are mixed into the fray. Combine that with the shelter in place (SIP) order we have in Santa Clara County and things start to become extremely stressful and volatile. If you’re unsure how to win a parental relocation custody case, especially during COVID-19, this article and a parent’s previous experience in San Jose winning full custody during the pandemic, might be of help to you.
Many times during a divorce/separation, new job opportunities, economic hardships, and other various difficulties may arise. As a result, one or both parents may need to relocate to a different city or state, transporting their children along with them to the new place of residence. Even during these uncertain times, family law courts are opened for the process of new applications and court dates. And while parents can often come to an agreement based on what’s in the best interest of their child, sometimes it’s just not possible for both parties to reach a consensus. If it comes to this point, professional legal representation is highly recommended. At least for the case of Steven Agnew from San Jose, California, this was true- he won full custody of his daughter, for the time of the shelter in place (SIP) order. The main argument used by him and his attorneys was the health of his daughter, and a judge agreed with this thought.
Under California state law, a parent who has sole custody typically has the right to move with their children unless the other parent can demonstrate that it would cause harm to said children. But if parents have joint custody and one parent challenges the other parent’s relocation, the parent who wants to move must show that it will be in the best interest of the children. With all that said, custody orders and visitation guidelines are not always completely clear. In California, judges often have few guidelines to follow, so the state tries to treat each case on a unique basis. Because of this, it’s important as a parent to seek legal advice from an expert parental relocation lawyer to ensure you get the desired outcome regarding your children’s future.
International parental “move-away” issues can be especially contentious and convoluted. Our team at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri takes exceptional consideration to ensure a meaningful, continued relationship between the noncustodial parent and child is preserved. If a custodial parent decides to violate any of the visitation obligations, we understand and acknowledge the civil aspects of international child abduction in respect to the Hague Convention. We have attorneys that have experience in the 9th circuit of the supreme court and are extremely prepared for any matter, no matter what complexity.
The end goal here is to ensure that the best interests of the children are served, while also making sure that both parents are able to maintain a continuing relationship with the children. We understand that a loss of contact with one parent can be detrimental to a child’s wellbeing.
Here at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri, our family law attorneys have more than 100 years of combined litigation and trial experience and an extensive background working on parental relocation and move away issues. Our team also has considerable experience in handling child custody matters concerning foreign nationals. These Parental Relocation Lawyers are on standby in San Jose, ready to help you learn how to win a relocation custody case. Please contact our office to schedule your free 30-minute Parental Relocation Consultation by calling (408) 553-0801 or signing up online here. All consultations will be done virtually due to COVID-19 regulations and for the safety of our partners and our clients.