Matt Purcell on Child Custody and Relocation Cases – What the California family court considers in a move-away

Matt Purcell on Child Custody and Relocation Cases – What the California family court considers in a move-away
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Relocation cases are some of the most heavily contested and complicated child custody disputes that come into our California family law firm. In this blog series, Certified Family Law Specialist MATT PURCELL breaks down the most common client questions and how they line up with what the court needs to consider in a move-away case.

What factors does the court consider?

PART 1: HOW FAR CAN I MOVE?

PART 2: WHY CAN’T I JUST MOVE AWAY?

PART 3: WHAT FACTORS WILL THE COURT ASSESS?

PART 4: WHAT IS A GOOD FAITH REASON FOR A MOVE?

PART 5: HOW CAN A NON-MOVING PARENT SHOW “DETRIMENT?”

PART6: IS A MOVE-AWAY IN THE CHILD’S BEST INTERESTS?

In every case where the children’s best interests are to be calculated, I have found it to be incredibly important for my clients to be seen as the most reasonable, respectful person in the relationship. It can be difficult, but particularly in cases where the result could be the loss of significant contact between the children and my client, keeping a proper perspective, supporting the relationship with the other parent, and exhibiting the ability to be reasonable and flexible can make all the difference.

Matt Purcell

Matthew K. Purcell is a shareholder with Purcell Stowell, a Northern California firm focused exclusively on specialized counsel for complex family law issues. Matt is a Certified Family Law Specialist, recognized by the California State Bar Association’s Board of Legal Specialization and has experience handling a range of family law issues, as well as guardianships and juvenile dependency. Matt has handled everything from intricate property and support issues to complex custody issues involving allegations of sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, parental alienation, and relocations.
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Matt Purcell

Matthew K. Purcell is a shareholder with Purcell Stowell, a Northern California firm focused exclusively on specialized counsel for complex family law issues. Matt is a Certified Family Law Specialist, recognized by the California State Bar Association’s Board of Legal Specialization and has experience handling a range of family law issues, as well as guardianships and juvenile dependency. Matt has handled everything from intricate property and support issues to complex custody issues involving allegations of sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, parental alienation, and relocations.