Relocation of Residency Laws in Florida
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After going through a divorce, you may decide that you want a fresh start. While moving can be a great way to start over, it can always be challenging if you have children with your former spouse. Do you know what your divorce or child custody agreement says about travel restrictions? It is crucial that you understand the custody and parenting plan before making any final decisions. Similarly, if your former spouse is attempting to relocate and take your children with them, you may need to take legal action.
Regardless of your situation, if you need counsel on relocation matters, be sure to call on Attorney Catherine W. Real. With more than 35 years of legal experience, she knows how to handle even the most complex custody cases. She has a strong reputation in the community and brings a superior level of legal knowledge to every family law case she takes on.
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Understanding Your Rights as a Parent
In order for one parent to obtain approval for a legal relocation, they will need the consent of the court and possibly the other parent. A family law judge will always strive to put the interest of the child first, which means if a relocation seems to be in their favor, they may decide to approve it. However, if moving takes your child out of a community they have become rooted in, they may revoke your modification request.
You will need to provide evidence that support the following reasons for a move:
- Health or medical reasons
- Relational and emotional reasons
- Financial or employment reasons
- Educational reasons
If you cannot provide sufficient evidence as to why your child should join you in the move and put strain on the original custody agreement, you will likely be denied by the court. While the court cannot prevent you from moving, they can prevent you from taking your child with you.
Seeking to Protect Your Legal Rights as a Parent?
If you are a parent and are worried that your visitation or custody rights will be hindered by another parent's relocation decision, you can also take your case to court. You will have 20 days to contest a notice for relocation. Overall, the court will look over the relationships between the child and both parents, as well as several other factors when determining the relocation of residency.