In April 2014, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. announced that it would
be moving its headquarters from Torrance, California to Plano, Texas,
much to everyone’s surprise. In fact, the decision was so secretive,
most of the 3,000+ employees at the site learned about the change the
same day the public did. Over a year later, the shift is still underway,
and some unforeseen consequences are starting to affect Toyota’s
(Learn more about the move by reading an article published by the
Los Angeles Times, seen
Family Law Disputes Stemming from the Move
Whenever hundreds or thousands of people need to move far and away to keep
their jobs, you can be sure that
family law issues are sure to follow. In particular, some Toyota employees are now
having to deal with
child custody disputes. At the time of their divorce, they probably had no intentions
to ever leave California;
visitation and child custody agreements, therefore, were drafted without a great
distance between the two ex-spouses in mind. The only solution might be
to file for
modifications of preexisting court orders and judgements.
How to Change Child Custody Before a Move
If you find yourself in an uncommonly lucky situation, you and your ex
will actually agree on whatever modifications you suggest to accommodate
for the unexpected move to Texas. In a more realistic scenario, though,
you are going to hit a wall when trying to figure out who retains what
parental rights and where your children will be raised. This is where
an experienced family law attorney should step in and start handling all
the complex paperwork and litigation for you.
Steps you should let your lawyer deal with on your behalf include:
Establishing necessity: You will have to show that a major change in circumstances has occurred
that requires the modification. If you are a Toyota employee being relocated
to Texas, this is pretty straightforward but may still require some persuasive
Filling out appropriate forms: If you have ever looked at a legal document regarding family law and child
custody, you know that it is not a task to be taken lightly. Let your
attorney fill out the forms, review them, make additional copies, and
file them with the right county clerk.
Serving your papers: If you do not have a family law attorney on your side yet, now is the time
to get one. You need someone who is
you serve your ex the modification paperwork after you have received your
court date. Letting a litigator handle this step can also ensure that
a proper Proof of Service form is created and filed.
Going to court: Presenting a case constructed by a professional lawyer can greatly increase
your chances in court; oppositely, showing up alone may significantly
decrease your odds of success. Let an attorney you can trust manage this
most difficult and intricate of steps.
Would you like to know more about the required steps to change a custody
California Court’s website
here. Would you like to get started on your child custody and move-away case?
Contact Patricia Barberis, A Law Corporation today to request your
case evaluation with our highly experienced and always compassionate team of Torrance
child custody attorneys!