Child Custody and Moving During a Collaborative Divorce

Little girl in moving box.Divorce court proceedings have been put in a queue in many counties in California with no clear definition of when in-person courtroom appearances will happen again. Many court proceedings are being conducted on video platforms. With hearings not being scheduled for months.

But, if you utilize the collaborative divorce process, you do not have to wait for the courts to reopen to finalize your divorce and child custody agreements.

In this process, mediation and communication are vital components. These two components can be crucial in resolving child custody agreements that include moving to another location, whether the move is in a neighboring city or to another state.

Here are some suggestions to keep in mind when working through moving as a component to a co-parenting agreement:

· Determine how the move will change the custodial time

· Get advice from a child health specialist and neutral mediator on helping the child with the stress and anxiety that comes from moving

· Discuss the financial cost of who will be responsible for the expenses incurred from moving the child to the new location, such as costs for traveling between parents, and how visitation for holidays and summer vacations will change the main agreement

· If you determine ground rules before moving, the relocation process will be easier

· Be open to changes with visitation, child support, and shared responsibilities

When you are dealing with child custody and moving, a collaborative divorce makes even more sense.

Our team of experts can help you and your spouse draft a custody agreement that includes moving.

The Collaborative Practice of San Diego is a nonprofit, multi-disciplinary referral network of independent professionals of attorneys, mental health professionals and financial advisors working together to learn, practice, and promote Collaborative processes for problem-solving and the peaceful resolution of family law issues in regard to co-parenting, with an eye toward preserving the emotional, as well as the financial assets of the family.

Contact us today to learn how to develop a custody plan that is agreeable to both of you!

Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/tax/or medical advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, medical, or tax professional to determine what will work best for your situation.

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