Requests to relocate will have a major impact on child custody agreements, and the courts will often need to step in and issue a decision.
It is not uncommon for individuals to look for new opportunities in different states, especially in a difficult economy. People might want to move closer to family so they can start over after a divorce, and there can be serious complications if they want the child to move as well.
In many of these situations, the noncustodial parent will be very opposed to the move. The move-away request is considered to be a major change in circumstances, and will require the court the revisit the existing custody agreement in place.
The court will be tasked with coming to a final ruling over whether or not to allow the custodial parent to relocate with the child. It will examine several factors when trying to arrive at its decision under California law, including: