Are you considering moving out of the state with your child but don’t have a custody agreement—known as a parenting plan in Florida—in place?
Your first steps depend on one of the following scenarios:
This is important as Florida laws operate differently from scenarios 1 and 2 versus scenario 3. This is because Florida statutes that govern scenario 3 view the child’s mother as the sole legal guardian of the minor child and, therefore, is entitled to relocate with the child before a paternity action is filed by either parent.
There are exceptions to this, and hiring a Florida child custody lawyer will help guide you through those. Otherwise, for the purpose of this article, we will address scenarios 1 and 2.
Moving out of state with a child can be a complicated and emotional decision, especially when no custody agreement exists. In Florida, the parental relocation law is clear: A judge will only grant a parent’s request to relocate with a child if it is deemed in the child’s best interests.
Several factors are considered when making this decision, including whether a parenting plan is in place.
Before we dive into why a judge may deny your request to relocate, it’s important to understand relocation and child custody in Florida.
A parenting plan is a legal document that outlines a child’s custody terms and visitation. It is typically created during a divorce or separation, and it sets out the rights and responsibilities of each parent.
Without a parenting plan, both parents have equal rights to the child and cannot make major decisions about the child’s upbringing without consulting the other parent. This can lead to conflicts and legal issues, especially when one parent wants to move more than 50 miles away with the child and the other parent objects.
In fact, Florida’s parental relocation law actually requires that even if it’s just a parent seeking to relocate more than 50 miles away, without the child, that parent must still seek permission from the court. That is how important and serious Florida courts view relocations and the effects they may have on minor children.
In Florida, there are several reasons why a judge may deny a parent’s request to relocate with a child.
One of the main factors that a judge considers when making a relocation decision is its impact on the child’s positive relationship with the other parent. A judge may deny the request if the move significantly disrupts the child’s positive relationship with the other parent. This is because the court believes maintaining a strong relationship and loving bond with both parents is in the child’s best interests.
Any parent must seek permission from the Court to move more than 50 miles away. A judge may be more likely to grant the request if the move is within a reasonable distance. However, a judge may be more inclined to deny the request if the move is to a faraway location that will make it difficult for the other parent to maintain a relationship with the child.
A judge may also consider the move’s impact on the child’s education. If the move significantly disrupts the child’s schooling, a judge may be more likely to deny or postpone the request. This is because the court knows receiving a quality education is in the child’s best interest.
The motives of the parent who is requesting the move are another consideration that the court will examine. If the move is being made in bad faith, such as to deprive the other parent of access to the child, a judge may be more likely to deny the request.
The child’s age and needs are also important factors. If the child is very young or has special needs, a judge may be more likely to deny the request, if it disrupts the growth and therapies the child with special needs is currently receiving.
The court also takes into consideration any disruptions to the child’s relationships with close family members and long-term friends. The court believes that it’s in the child’s best interest to have stability and continuity in their life.
If you are considering moving out of state with your child and don’t have a parenting plan in place, you can do a few things to increase your chances of success:
Moving out of state with a child when there is no parenting plan in place can be a complex and emotional issue. In Florida, there are several reasons why a judge may deny a parent’s request to relocate with a child. By understanding these reasons and following the tips outlined here, you can increase your chances of success.
If you need help navigating the complicated road to relocating with your child, contact us today at Vasquez de Lara Law Group, and we’ll review your case.
What happens if I move out of state without a parenting agreement?
Moving out of state without a parenting agreement can have serious legal consequences. It can lead to conflicts and legal issues, especially if the other parent objects to the move.
How long does it take to get a parenting plan in Miami?
The time it takes to get a parenting plan in Miami can vary depending on the circumstances of your case. Working with an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate the legal process is important.
What should I do if I need to move out of state with my child?
If you need to move out of state with your child, working with an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and increase your chances of success is important. It’s also important to communicate with the other parent and attempt an agreement before going to court.