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Los Gatos divorce child relocation attorneyMaking sure a child maintains a good relationship with both parents after a divorce is a worthy goal. It can also be difficult to achieve. It is not uncommon for one parent to need to move to a new home and community for work or family reasons. When this happens, it can upend the child custody and visitation agreement that was originally worked out.

Overview of California Law on Child Custody

California law encourages parents to work out their own agreement with regard to child custody and visitation. Once that agreement has been approved by a judge, it has the force of a court order. Violation of that order can result in a criminal contempt proceeding. Specifically, if one parent violates that order, such as by moving to a location that would make it impossible to follow the agreed parenting time schedule, the other parent can file an Order to Show Cause and Affidavit for Contempt with the court. The parent in violation can be subject to criminal penalties such as community service, jail time, and/or fines. 

How Child Custody Law Applies to One Parent Moving Away

California law does not specifically require that divorced parents remain within a certain distance of one another to facilitate visitation. Parents are free, however, to include a requirement in their parenting plan that both parents remain within a certain geographic area. Then, if one parent tries to violate that agreement by moving far away, the other parent has legal recourse. If such a clause was not included in the court-approved parenting plan, then the issue becomes less clear. 

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Posted on in Mediation

California mediation attorney, Califorina family law attorneyMost couples do not intentionally enter a marriage knowingly believing it will result in divorce. Therefore, it stands to reason that your divorce taught you that everything could change from plans and circumstances and even people themselves. Due to this certain phenomenon, it is likely that after a divorce agreement has settled, either through mediation or litigation, that there will need to be a post-judgment modification. Hopefully, the alteration will not be necessary for a decade or more. However, it is possible that a change request may be needed months after the issuance of the decree.

How Soon Can We Make Changes?

During a dissolution of marriage, circumstances and needs are the groundwork for deciding the outcome. If the situation has shifted in any direction, it is imperative that modification is requested as soon as possible to avoid conflict and ensure the ability to comply with court orders. Although a judge will not make changes to decisions regarding asset division, the commonly renegotiated terms are:

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Posted on in Family Law

California divorce attorney, California family law attorneyDivorce can be extremely stressful. It can feel like the world has been removed from your shoulders once the divorce has been settled and a judgment has been filed. Everything is set, from the child support, to the alimony, and the visitation. Nevertheless, circumstances change with the passage of time.  Some of the orders you obtained in your judgment may no longer be appropriate to your family situation.  You may wish to proceed with post-judgment modifications to address these concerns.

What Can Be Altered

Although generally property division cannot be revisited post-judgment (except on statutorily-enumerated grounds), some of the orders contained in the judgment can be modified:

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