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Family Attorney Relocation Cases

Change of Venue

Generally a court case remains in the courthouse and county that it originated in unless one or both of the parties request that it be moved. A request for a case to move from one courthouse to another is called a request to change venue. The court will generally order a change of venue if both parties have moved to a different county or different state. However, if one parent remains in the original county, then the court will analyze whether or not the case should be moved by considering the particular circumstances of the case. For child custody cases, one important factor would be the location of the child. Another important factor that a family court judge may consider would be the current judge’s familiarity with the case. If one judge has overseen the case for a number of years, and has a good handle on the issues in the case, then he or she may refuse to allow the change of venue.

Change of Jurisdiction

Generally, so long as at least one parent remains in the state within which the child custody case originated, then that state will continue to have jurisdiction over the issue of custody and visitation. However, if both parents have moved out of state, then the state that the child has lived in for at least six months preceding an action regarding custody and visitation has been filed is the proper state for jurisdiction on these issues. The state having jurisdiction over custody and visitation is called the child’s “home state.”

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Family Attorney John N. Griffith, CFLS
Family Attorney John N. Griffith, CFLS

Family Attorney, John N. Griffith, CFLS

John Griffith has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified as an expert in the area of family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

858-345-1720
john@gylfamilylaw.com

Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.
Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.

Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.

San Diego family lawyer Catie Young has a wide range of litigation experience. She has worked in civil litigation. She has successfully represented clients in many areas of family law including child support, child custody, divorce and domestic violence. She has a unique approach to each child custody case, so clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases.

858-345-1720
catie@gylfamilylaw.com

Family Attorney Amy J. Lass, Esq.
Family Attorney Amy J. Lass, Esq.

Family Attorney, Amy J. Lass, Esq.

Amy Lass was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting and went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006. Amy takes a practical and cost considerate approach to the process while striving to balance the emotional needs and objectives of her clients.

858-345-1720
amy@gylfamilylaw.com

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