Parent-Child Relocation

The need to relocate for personal, economic or employment reasons is fairly common in today's world. For separated parents (whether divorced or never married) who have had children together, however, the prospect of moving often raises difficult legal questions and challenges.

At Duff Kronfeld & Marquardt P.C. in Fairfax County, we understand the sensitive nature of parent-child relocation cases, and we have been helping clients resolve these matters in northern Virginia for more than 20 years. While we take every case on its own terms, representing parents on either side, our goal in each instance is to achieve optimal results in the most efficient, cost-effective and professional manner possible.

The Law And How To Serve Your Child's Best Interests

In many cases, it is possible for parents to agree on new child custody and visitation arrangements through negotiation or mediation. The court will still need to approve the new terms, but will generally do so if parents have crafted an agreement that carefully addresses the children's needs. This is the best-case scenario, and making it happen often requires the assistance of an experienced attorney.

If an out-of-court solution cannot be reached, the parent who is seeking to relocate bears the burden of proving to the court that the move will serve the children's best interests. Virginia courts focus on several factors when trying to determine whether a proposed move within the U.S. or out of the country meets that standard. These include:

  • The effect that relocation will have on the relationship between the noncustodial parent and the child
  • How drastically the relocation will affect the noncustodial parent's visitation with the child
  • The reasons why the custodial parent wishes to relocate, including contact with extended family, economic stability and employment opportunities
  • The present level of the noncustodial parent's involvement

For more information related to this topic, see our FAQs regarding child custody.

Providing Strong Representation For Mothers And Fathers Alike

The test for relocation is subjective, which means that there are no guarantees if a parent-child relocation dispute has to be resolved by a judge. Whether you need court approval for a move to another state or country or you are objecting to a proposed move by your ex, the key to achieving a successful outcome starts with thorough preparation. We know this, and we will be ready to meet any challenge that arises in your case.

To schedule a confidential appointment with one of our child custody and parent relocation lawyers, call our office directly at 703-591-7475 or contact us online.