Child Custody Relocation


When a custodial parent is asking to relocate a child away from the other parent, it can cause a great deal of stress. Parents should understand that it is important to seek excellent legal advice from a family lawyer experienced with child custody relocation cases. In this area of the law, Virginia Court rulings are often inconsistent.

Whether you are a custodial parent seeking to relocate or are a parent trying to prevent your child from moving away, it is always best to seek legal advice from a seasoned attorney as early as possible.


There are a host of reasons a custodial parent may cite as their cause for relocating the child, such as:

  • Job change
  • Military orders
  • Educational opportunities
  • Closer to extended family
  • And more

The parent, often referred to as the noncustodial parent, will object to the child relocating and may argue that the parent-child relationship will be harmed, there is no independent benefit to the child to relocate, and ultimately, the move is just not in the child’s best interests.

If child custody relocation is on your horizon, the team of Phillips & Peters has successfully represented hundreds of clients dealing with relocation issues both domestically and internationally. Our Virginia family law attorneys will provide you with experienced strategic advice and skilled guidance on your child custody relocation matters.

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