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My son and his wife live in Ca. He is a furniture maker and

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My son and his wife live in Ca. He is a furniture maker and unable to find employment. They want to move to Wa. state where he will be able to find employment. She has a son who the paternal grandmother has custody of. She has been paying child support, and has no problem in continuing to do so when they move to Wa. state. Would this be considered desertion? Both the mother and step father love the child and have had child visits. It is necessary to move only because they are unable to make a living in that state. Appreciate help or advice.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Barrister replied 5 months ago.
Hello and welcome! My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed attorney who will try my very best to help with your situation or get you to someone who can. There may be a slight delay in my responses as I research statutes or ordinances and type out an answer or reply, but rest assured, I am working on your question..Would this be considered desertion?.No, absolutely not. Desertion is when a parent just absconds and has not contact with the child or other parent for an extended period of time while they are not contributing anything towards support of any kind..So the fact that the mother has to move for employment reasons wouldn't be considered desertion as long as she keeps in contact with the child and is continuing to pay any support that is ordered..An argument could be made that this is in "the best interests of the child", which is the legal standard judges apply, because the move allows the mother to continue to be able to afford to pay any support for the child while still allowing him to remain in his school...thanksBarrister..thanksBarrister