If you are your child’s legal custodian, or if, effective 7/28/19, you share joint custody, and you want to move (relocate) with the child, you may have to do a few things first under state law. If an existing court order gives someone else visitation rights, or equal time with the child, you must give that person notice of your plan to move. A parent who objects to the child moving must file an objection with the court within 30 days.
- This law is complicated. Talk to a lawyer before deciding whether to move.
If there is no existing court order, or the court order does not give anyone else visitation rights or equal time with the child, the law does not apply to you. You can move. Just be aware of custodial interference laws and jurisdiction laws.
This publication has no court forms. If you are ready to file something, use one of these packets available at WashingtonLawHelp.org:
If you are a noncustodial parent with the right to time with the child under a parenting plan, or you have joint custody and you have gotten notice of the other parent’s intended move, read this for general info about trying to stop the move.
If you are a third party with some right to time with the child, read the section “Objections by Nonparents.” Your rights are limited.
- The law is complicated. Read this step-by-step.
- “Parenting plan” here can also mean a custody order.