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Scottsdale Parent Relocation Lawyers

Moving the Children Out of Arizona After Divorce

When parents have joint legal custody or shared physical custody, children cannot be relocated without permission of the court. The competing interests of the parent who wants to move and the parent who opposes relocation often leads to a courtroom confrontation.

The lawyers of Childers & Huey PLC are sympathetic to the difficulties of sharing child custody and experienced in parental relocation litigation. We represent custodial and noncustodial parents in contested proceedings or in negotiations to revamp the parenting plan when one parent moves away.

Contact our Scottsdale family law firm today at 480-624-2776 if you are petitioning to relocate or challenging such a move.

Scottsdale Parent Relocation Attorneys

Under Arizona law, the parent with primary custody must give 60 days' notice to relocate beyond the immediate area (Maricopa County). The noncustodial parent must sue in family court within that period to prevent relocation.

The relocating parent has the greater burden. In a contested relocation, he or she must convince the court that the move is in the best interests of the child such as better schools and opportunities or a better job to provide for the child's needs. However, the parent raising the challenge must demonstrate that the move does not benefit the child and significantly interferes with parenting time and the parent/child relationship.

The court may order a custody assessment or appoint an attorney to advocate for the child's best interests in these proceedings. With 60 years of combined experience, our skilled attorneys have argued for and against relocation in hundreds of cases. We have represented business owners, professionals and other high net worth parents who have unorthodox schedules or other obstacles in fighting for their custody rights. We have also handled cases of international and interstate custody relocations, which may involve federal and/or international law.

Please call our office at 480-624-2776 today or contact us online to arrange a confidential consultation with one of our Arizona child relocation attorneys.