Because there is a pending case in CA and VA has no jurisdiction at this point because the children have not lived there for at least 6 months, you will have to defend in CA. It is unlikely that you will get it moved to VA, since he filed first in CA while CA still had jurisdiction. Thus, your best course of action is be prepared for CA and defending there. In addition to showing that you are the best custodial parent for the children, you will want to show that it is in their best interests to moved, as you have done, to VA, despite the difficulties it will put on their ability to maintain visitation with their other parent. This can be done, if applicable, by showing that you had better job invite, that the school they are now going to is superior, that you have extended family of support in the Virginia locale, that such a family is very close with the children, that they have superior extra curricular activities, etc., and that you will be able and willing to provide the children with adequate visitation with the other parent, in light of the significant distance. I.e. that parent gets all school vacations and summer vacation periods, to make up for the lack of ability to see them every week. You may also have to be willing to pay a significant part of their airfare for this travel, so be prepared to show you can afford this move. Also, IF the other parent did express an OK for the move, present proof of that and it will be a favoring factor (i.e. if you used emails, etc., and that parent said it was fine, 'so long as I get all vacation times plus summers' or some other such language confirming that he led you to believe you had permission, that could go a long way to convincing the court that it was in the childrens best interests, etc.)
It is unfortunate that you have to defend in CA, but that is one of the risks of moving without the permission of the other parent, when you are taking the other parents children far away to a place that does not have jurisdiction and won't become the home state for 6 months.
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