In today’s mobile society, moving for jobs, to be closer to family, or for other reasons is common. If you are separated from your child’s other parent, however, the matter can be complex.

At the Law Office of Karen Schoenau, we represent parents and their children in relocation issues. Our Phoenix move-away lawyers are dedicated to protecting the best interests of our clients through knowledge of the law and forceful advocacy to help achieve a favorable outcome. This includes modifying child custody and visitation order and child support payments, and finding other creative solutions to communication, visitation and general parenting issues.

Parental Relocation Requirements

Certain requirements need to be met when it comes to relocating with a child. For example, if you are the parent who is relocating, you need to give a notice requirement to the other parent before moving. This allows the other parent to contest the move away if he or she chooses, and it helps avoid potential suspicions of parental kidnapping. Additionally, it may be required to modify existing divorce orders to satisfy the change in circumstances to protect the best interests of the children involved.

Arizona takes move-away issues seriously because it affects the entire family structure. The move must somehow benefit the child, or at least not have any significant negative effect on the relationship between the child and the parent who is not moving. Evidence that a custodial parent is moving simply to take revenge may create the presumption that the parent should not have primary custody of the child.

If you are looking to move out of your current city or Arizona, or if your ex-spouse is contemplating the move, it is best to speak with an attorney about your legal rights and obligations. Attorney Karen Schoenau, can guide you through the process.

Talk to an Attorney Today

When you have questions about a parental relocation and child custody agreement, the best way to get real answers about how the law applies to you and your children is to talk with a lawyer. Contact the Law Office of Karen Schoenau, by calling us at 480-209-1918 or toll free at 888-453-1437. You can also contact us online.

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Karen was extremely supportive during a very trying time in our lives. She helped me to put things in perspective and think positive when I was overwhelmed. She is very knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to grandparents rights and the rights of the parents and knew how to provide the appropriate laws pertaining to the situation we were in. I am so grateful for her expertise and guidance. She proved to be very aggressive when she needed to be but was also supportive to my and my children. I would recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Deanna