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State Court Sets Limit on Moving Children in Custody

A California Supreme Court ruling turns years of child-custody case law on its head. Traditionally, the custodial parent, often the mother, had broad discretion to make decisions for the children, including where they would live. But the state's high court has informed custodial parents that they risk losing their children if they try to relocate. NPR's Elaine Korry reports.

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Elaine Korry is an NPR contributor based in San Francisco. From August 2004-June 2007 she worked as an NPR senior reporter covering social policy for NPR, with a focus on education, and on the lives of the nation's most vulnerable citizens — the homeless, those living in poverty, working in low wage positions, and trying to find their way to a more stable life.