Relocating With A Child Can Be Complicated

When a couple divorces or separates, it is not unusual for one party to take up residence in a different state. People move for a multitude of reasons — family proximity, better career opportunities, etc. — but when child custody is involved, the process can quickly become layered.

I am attorney Daniel G. Dannenbaum, and I have helped a great number of clients in the Arlington area with their child custody issues. Whether you are seeking to relocate or to prevent your ex from moving away with your child, Dannenbaum Law Firm, PLLC, can help you better understand your legal options.

What Is Required For Parental Relocation?

Seeing your child move away is never ideal. Conversely, if you have physical custody of your child and are seeking a better life, relocation may present a viable option. Regardless of which side of this situation you fall on, it is important to understand what Virginia requires in advance of a move.

Before the court will modify a custody order to approve a relocation, it will consider:

  • The reasons for a potential move: Will relocation allow for better financial stability? Will the child be closer to additional family?
  • How the move will impact visitation: Will a potential move significantly affect the noncustodial parent's visitation schedule?
  • If the move in the best interests of the child: Is it best for the child to be separated from a noncustodial parent? How would relocation affect that relationship?

Your existing custody arrangement may already serve as a significant block for potential relocation. If you are considering moving or are concerned about your ex-spouse's relocation plans, it can be prudent to consult with an experienced family law attorney.

Call My Firm Today To Discuss Your Custody Arrangement

If your child custody agreement has become a point of contention, a seasoned lawyer can be a valuable asset. Call my office today at 703-661-9151 or toll free at 800-615-8904 to arrange for your initial consultation. Weekend appointments are available. I can also be reached via email, and I make myself available by phone 24 hours a day. I proudly serve clients throughout the Arlington and Fairfax areas, and my office features accessible garage parking.