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What Should I Know About International Move Away and Custody?

The most difficult and stressful part of a divorce is often involving child custody issues in San Diego. Even parents who live relatively close to one another after a divorce struggle to adjust to their lives away from their children for part of the week. When one of those parents wants to move out of the country, it can lead to heated negotiations about where the children should live.

Child custody is probably the most difficult issue in most divorce proceedings. It is important that you understand your legal rights and options when it comes to your child. The experienced San Diego family law attorneys at Mattis Law, A.P.C. can help ensure that your rights as a parent are protected every step of the way. Contact us at (858) 328-4400 for more information.

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Client Testimonial

"I retained Ms. Mattis for a very difficult move-away case when my ex-spouse requested full custody to take our daughter out of the country for several years. She knew exactly how to handle my case, was caring and kind, and VERY knowledgeable..."

- Anonymous from AVVO

Understanding the Legal Issues of Child Custody in San Diego

Here in San Diego, we have many families from other countries who may consider moving back after their divorce. We live in a mobile society. All move away cases are challenging, but international move away cases are particularly intense because of the consequences as to whether the move is granted or denied.

If the court grants the international move away from San Diego, will the non-custodial parent lose parenting time with the children? If the international move away is denied, will the primary custody parent have the option of moving or cancelling the move? And, will the children’s custody be changed to the stay behind parent changing the stability that the children have lived under?

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High Volume of Move Away Cases

Over 23 percent of San Diego residents were born in another country. It is perfectly reasonable for a number of these residents to return to their home country after a divorce for business opportunities or for the support of their family. We have not only a high volume of move away cases, but also international move away cases in San Diego where the lives of parents and children may significantly change.

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Protecting Children's Best Interests

These cases are emotional and can become heated quickly. Will the move away be detrimental to the children or serve their best interests? There are many factors that the law considers. The court will have the difficult task of deciding which location will provide the best opportunities for the children. Nothing is more important in these cases than your children's welfare and well-being.

The court will consider whether or not the non-custodial parent will be able to maintain a relationship with the children, and the reasons for the move. California family law courts also review the age of the children, where the child wants to live and what the child's relationship is with both parents.

If you wish to move to Mexico, or another country, or if your ex wants to move away with your children, it is important that you retain a San Diego international divorce attorney right away. You have the right to fight for the best interests of your children. Call us at (858) 328-4400 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

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