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Relocation and Interstate Custody, Child Support

If you want to relocate with your child, or if you want to challenge a proposed relocation by the other parent, our interstate custody attorneys will advocate for your parental rights and interests

Since 1959, we have helped parents deal with the child custody (legal decision-making), visitation, parenting time and child support and other relocation issues that arise when one parent wants to move to a different city or state.

Procedures in a Relocation Case

The statutes governing the relocation of minor children are constantly evolving, and are currently the subject of pending bills in the Arizona legislature. Under both the existing laws and the proposed changes, it is imperative that a relocating parent strictly follow all notice and service requirement to avoid possible sanctions by the Court. Before relocation with a minor child you should consult with an experienced attorney to ensure that you are not violating the law and to prepare the best case possible to obtain Court approval for the proposed relocation.

In deciding a relocation case, the Court considers all of the parental decision-making factors set forth in A.R.S. § 25-403.03, as well as additional factors set forth in A.R.S. § 25-408(H) to determine whether relocation is permitted. Our family law attorneys are experienced in both securing permission from the Court to allow a parent to move with a minor child and also in obtaining Court Orders to prevent such relocations.

Meeting the Challenges of Interstate Child Custody and Support

Child custody and child support matters involving multiple states present unique challenges. Typically, Arizona Courts can help enforce these orders from other states, provided that the proper domestication and registration procedures are followed. However, modifying existing orders is more difficult.

The first issue in interstate modification cases is whether Arizona has jurisdiction to hear the case. In child custody cases, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act governs the analysis. In child support cases, the analysis is governed by the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. When there are cases pending in two different states, each party typically needs two attorneys, one in each state, to argue why each state does (or does not) have jurisdiction to hear the dispute.

Our family law attorneys have substantial experience in these types of disputes, and are familiar with the statutes and cases that control these complex legal issues.


Interstate Relocation and Child Custody Attorneys

Phoenix divorce attorney Joel Hoffman

Joel Hoffman

Phoenix divorce attorney Erik Bergstrom

Erik Bergstrom


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