If you have minor children and you have a paternity case or are contemplating divorce, you may want to ensure you have legal and physical custody of your children moving forward. The public policy of our state promotes an equal relationship with both parents. For some the policy is understood and each parent will share their children equally. But for other parents, they believe that the best interests of their children are met while in their care, thereby limiting the time the children spend with the other parent. Whether you are in one situation or the other, ultimately you will want to ensure that your children are properly cared for while they too adjust to their new reality.
Many of San Diego County’s residents are transplants from another locale. When a parent finds it time to move from San Diego County, whether it be for a new job or to be closer to family, etc., they will need agreement from the other party or an order of the court before they can move away. If you or the other parent does not agree with the move away, you will need to petition the court to allow you to move, or argue against the move in the best interest of the children. And if each parent agrees with the move, you will still want to consult with Dan to ensure child support and the appropriate visitation schedule, including who pays for travel costs, is memorialized.
Whether you are in agreement to share the children, or you need to protect them, please contact Dan to discuss your rights and responsibilities as a parent.