When parents get a divorce, one or both of them may ask for joint or sole child custody rights. The case is generally filed in the child's home state. For legal purposes, the child's home state is the state where he or she has lived with a parent or certain other adults for at least six consecutive months. If a child is under six months old, the case can be filed in any state where he or she has lived.
When a parent plans to move with a child who is subject to a custody agreement, there are a variety of factors and laws that must be followed. Parents planning to relocate with the child should be familiar with California custody laws governing relocation before making any major decisions.