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Move Away Cases and Child Custody

At The Law Offices of W. Douglas McKeague, we understand that every step of a divorce process can be incredibly difficult and emotionally trying, and the last thing you need to worry about is lacking competent legal counsel.

Lead attorney W. Douglas McKeague has more than 3 decades of litigation experience in the field of family law. Our Orange County child custody attorney is proud to take a highly individualized approach to our practice, carefully tailoring our strategy to best meet the needs of each individual client. No two cases are exactly alike, which is why we never take the "cookie-cutter" approach that is typical of other, less personal law firms.

Obtaining a Move Away Order in California

Divorces usually become more complex when there are children involved, as issues of custody and support must be decided. When one or both parents want to move far enough away that it will render existing arrangements difficult or impossible, then a new agreement must be reached regarding visitation or other related issues.

When courts decide on move away orders, they typically consider many factors such as:

  • Reason for moving
  • Distance the child is moving
  • Preference of the child
  • Custody time of each parent
  • Relationship of child with each parent

If the non-custodial parent objects to the move, he or she has the burden of proving why the move would be detrimental to the child. We always make an effort to resolve issues outside the courtroom as much as possible, to minimize the emotional strain of the ordeal, but if necessary, we are prepared to litigate on your behalf.

Skilled and Experienced Orange County Child Custody Attorney

Whether you are the parent seeking to move, or if you fear that you will miss out on parental opportunities if your former spouse moves away, your concerns are important, and we are eager to help. In over 35 years of doing this, we've seen just about everything: no case is too intimidating or complex, so don't hesitate to get in touch.

You can get started by filling out an online case evaluation, or give us a call so our Orange County child custody lawyer can address any questions or concerns you may have. Free initial case evaluation available!

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