This is the final post in a series of articles discussing child relocation requests when a parent is forced to move outside of the area to accept new employment. For Las Vegas parents who unexpectedly lose their jobs, it may be necessary to seek new employment quickly. In some cases, this may mean relocating out of state. When a parent shares custody of a child with their co-parent, moving with the child will require the permission of the Clark County Family Court. Moving and starting a new job can be stressful enough. A legal battle over child custody can add to the already challenging situation. The goal of this series has been to help parents understand how the relocation process works in Las Vegas, particularly when the need is urgent for purposes of new employment. Another goal has been to explain how a parent may challenge their co-parent’s request to move away with their child. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak with an attorney.
This series discussed the following key topics:
- Requesting permission to relocate out of state when new employment starts immediately
- Preparing a relocation plan when the request is due to immediate re-employment
- Defending against a request to move the child out of state
- Requesting permission to move based on non-immediate employment reasons
When unemployment rates are at extremely high levels, finding a new job can be a daunting process. Parents may find themselves in a situation requiring them to move outside of the state to take a new job. Las Vegas residents who need to relocate for work should understand how the court will view such a request for several reasons. First, family court judges carefully consider requests for relocation, even when the reason for such a request is for the parent to obtain employment. Parents should be aware in advance of what factors the court will review when evaluating a relocation request. Second, developing a moving plan that includes as much detail as possible is important in any move-away case. Even if the parent has little time to prepare, presenting this information to the court may make the difference between a successful motion or the request being denied. Third, a co-parent may be completely caught off-guard when their counterpart requests permission to move with their child. It is possible to defend against such requests on a variety of grounds. Last, a parent’s desire to move may be for reasons other than an immediate job opening. Regardless of the circumstances, the court will base its decision on whether the move is in the child’s best interest. It is important to understand what factors may influence the outcome of the case.
My firm understands that changes in the economy can lead to job loss and difficult financial times for Las Vegas families. When a parent needs to move for employment reasons, it is imperative to consult with an attorney to prepare a relocation request on their behalf. I have experience in a variety of child custody issues, including relocation requests. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak with an attorney.