Move Away – Relocation Lawyer

The Law Offices of Gregory I. McMurray, P.C.

Santa Barbara, CA

Move Away – Relocation Lawyer

Santa Barbara Move Away Attorney

Perhaps you are thinking about moving with your children. On the flip side, maybe you are a parent who wishes to prevent a move away from taking place. Either way, this is probably one of the most important times for you to consult with an experienced family law attorney.

At the Law Offices of Gregory I. McMurray, P.C., we have helped many families through relocation issues. We know there are reasons for moving:

  • It could be a job transfer.
  • A new career opportunity.
  • The custodial parent might be remarrying someone in another city or state.

Child custody relocation cases can become very emotional, and often end up in litigation. In your free initial consultation, you will begin addressing issues and questions to your child custody move away case. The questions, and their answers help us help you find the best outcome.

  • What are your current custodial arrangements?
  • What is your current child support agreement?
  • When would the move take place? 
  • How far away is the planned move?
  • What type of visitation can you expect?

In situations where a custodial parent wants to move away with the child, the court will look at all relevant factors in deciding whether to allow the move, including:

  • The reason for the move
  • The effect of the move on the child and on the child’s relationship with the non-custodial parent.
  • Depending on the age of the child they may be able to sign an affidavit expressing their preferences whether or not they want to move away.

We will guide you through the complicated process of requesting permission to relocate or opposing your ex-spouse’s request to move away with the children.

Child Custody Relocation Representation

If you are the non-custodial parent and your ex-spouse is planning to relocate with the children, and you oppose the move, we highly recommend that you file a motion to prevent the relocation as soon as possible.

It is our experience that the Court is more likely to preclude a party from relocating with the children if the move has not taken place yet. If the custodial parent and childen have already moved, it is much more difficult force a move back. 

Contact a Child Custody Move Away Attorney

At the Law Offices of Gregory I. McMurray, P.C., we will guide you through the legal issues and help you navigate the legal maze.

If possible, we will help you reach a peaceful resolution of the problem. If a negotiated solution is not possible, then we will be prepared to fight for your rights in all situations.

If you or someone you love is preparing for a divorce or has questions pertaining to their rights during a move-away custody battle, contact our Santa Barbara office today at 805-965-3703, email us at or use the contact form below.  Naturally, we offer free initial consultations.

Our Commitment To You

At the Law Offices of Gregory I. McMurray, P.C., we are committed to providing the highest standard of service. We understand that clients hire our firm for results, and they also expect quality service.

Our goal in each case is to exceed our clients' expectations. Our attorneys, Gregory McMurray and Elvia Garcia, are experienced trial lawyers who have been handling family law, criminal law, personal injury and estate planning cases for more than a decade. When you need an attorney, you'll be glad you choose us. We can be reached at 805-965-3703 or email us at .

When a advocate for children and families hears of an attorney who is doing a great job at fighting for the families in the broken juvenile system and against the broken system of CPS… I just want to thank you from many families as you are a rare Gem to find! Thank you so much and pray for many blessing for your life and know you are a RARE find! 


I hired Ms. Garcia about 6 months ago to represent me in my dissolution of marriage action. Divorce was a very hard decision for me to make, but from the first call I had with Ms. Garcia, she made me feel comfortable. She kept me informed the entire process. She was very responsive and always willing and able to answer any questions of concerns. I cannot thank her enough for her expertise and making this process easier than I had expected. I definitely recommend her to anyone.


I couldn’t recommend Elvia highly enough. When the legal system left me hurt and confused, she fought fiercely and got me results.

Elvia believes in what she does and her passion shines through in her work. She couldn’t have done a better job for me and I know she’ll fight just as successfully for you.


A very good friend of mine referred me to Mr. McMurray. He is an extremely intelligent person. He is diligent in his work and a true advocate for his clients. He takes a personal interest in understanding how you want to be represented. He then brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the law and manages your case in an expedient way. 


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