While they have the freedom to move, custodial parents must still abide by the law in relocating their children out of state. Laws — specifically the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) that is effective in every state — protect noncustodial parents from such actions.
Prior to relocating a child during or following a divorce, you need to seek legal advice from an attorney who will educate you on your ability to move with a custody order in place. At O'Brian & Associates, we can advise you on the specific legal steps necessary and deadlines to follow regarding pursuing or preventing relocation of your child outside of Washington.
We encourage you to get in touch today to discuss your specific case in a confidential consultation. Our firm serves clients on the Eastside and throughout the Seattle area.
The children's well-being comes first. Reasons for proposing or disputing relocation must be in good faith, including a job transfer, better employment opportunities or a lower cost of living. Financial impact and logistics must be taken into account as well. Additional factors are considered in relocations and include:
For more information on out-of-state relocations, contact an out-of-state custody lawyer at O'Brian & Associates for an initial consultation. Call 425-276-7677. Or, if you prefer, you may contact our firm online.