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Relocation is a complicated child custody issue

When parents get divorced or end a relationship, they often have to deal with child custody issues. One of the issues that usually comes up is where the parents will live. While many parents opt to remain close to each other, there might come a time when one parent needs to move away from the area. When that occurs, the parent will have to initiate the process for relocation if he or she plans on moving with the child. Whether you are the parent who wants to relocate or the parent who is remaining in the same place, we can help you to present your side and learn your rights.

There are several things to consider when a parent wants to relocate with a child. One of the factors that is considered in a relocation case is how the move will affect the child. You have to think about how the child's life can improve with the move. Are the schools in the new location better? Will the child have family members there? Will the child have support? All of these factors come into play in a relocation case.

Another factor is the reason for the move. A parent can't seek to relocate with a child simply to get back at the other parent or to make things more difficult for the other parent. In those cases, the court would probably deny the relocation petition.

No matter which side of the issue you are on, it is important that you present your side of the case in an effective manner. We can help you gather what you need to show your side of the case before a Virginia judge.

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