Parental Relocation

Las Vegas Parental Relocation Attorney

Helping Parents Pursue Their Goals

Parental relocation is one of the most complex issues affecting child custody in Nevada. Once the family court has issued a child custody order, neither parent is allowed to move with the child without formal permission from the other parent or from the court.

We are attorneys Donn W. Prokopius, Chtd. Since 1997, we have been helping parents pursue their goals and protect their rights in parental relocation cases. Based in Las Vegas, we serve clients throughout Southern Nevada, emphasizing personalized attention and aggressive representation.

Understanding the Criteria for Parental Relocation

There are many reasons why you may want to move away with your child to another state or to a distant part of Nevada, while the child’s other parent remains in the Las Vegas area. Some of the most common motivations for parental relocation include:

  • A new job or career opportunity
  • A new marriage or significant other
  • A desire to be closer to extended family

From the family court’s point of view, what matters in a parental relocation case is not what is in the best interests of the parent but rather what is in the best interests of the child.

If you have primary custody of your child, you will need to show that there’s a good-faith reason for the move. If you have joint custody, you will need to show that the child would actually be better off moving with you than staying put with the other parent.

Contact a Lawyer to Discuss Your Options

If either parent is planning to move, with or without the child, it is important to go to court and get any necessary modifications made to the current child custody order. Even if you and your child’s other parent agree right now about what is best, that could change in the future.

A parent who takes a child out of state without a formal modification to the custody order could end up facing accusations of child abduction. If you are contemplating relocation, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a consultation to discuss your options.
Parental AbducRetrieving Children Who Have Been Taken Out of State

Parental abduction occurs when one of a child’s parents violates the other parent’s rights by taking the child out of state without permission. If your child has been abducted, an experienced child custody lawyer can help you get the courts involved right away.

We are attorneys Donn W. Prokopius, Chtd. Based in Las Vegas, we help clients throughout Southern Nevada protect their children and their own parental rights in child abduction cases. We are dedicated to getting these cases resolved as swiftly and decisively as possible.

Moving Quickly to Get Your Child Returned to Nevada

When a child is covered by a custody order and one parent relocates out of state with the child without permission from the court, it is considered parental abduction. Whether or not the parent intended to “abduct” the child, is a very serious matter.

If your child has been abducted out of state by his or her other parent, we can help you pursue a court order to have the child immediately returned to Nevada.

This is called a pickup order and can be used to get any local law enforcement agency in the United States to retrieve a child and have that child transported back to Nevada. From there, a local family court can decide what to do next.

Handling All Types of Parental Abduction Circumstances

The most extreme parental abduction cases are those in which children are abducted secretly or hidden from local law enforcement. These cases are criminal matters that may result in parental kidnapping charges and other serious criminal consequences.

If a child is abducted out of the country, it may be necessary to file a case under the Hague Convention or another international agreement. We are prepared to handle all circumstances that may arise in a parental abduction case. Please contact us to discuss your concerns.


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