Summer is nearly upon us and that means we’re heading into peak relocation season. With kids on break from school, relocating during the summer offers everyone a chance to settle into a new home and neighborhood before school starts back up in the fall.
Relocating to a new city or state is challenging enough on its own, and if you’re a divorced parent with children in Florida, it can be even more momentous as there are additional steps you must take in order to adhere to Florida statutory requirements regarding child relocation.
Relocation after Divorce
Families who are divorced in Florida must get permission from their ex-spouse if they want to relocate more than 50 miles from their original location and for at least 60 consecutive days. Section 61.13001 of the Florida Statutes requires a parent who wishes to relocate to either:
Failure to comply with Florida’s relocation statute means the relocating parent may be subject to contempt, and the courts may pursue proceedings to compel the return of the child. Failure to comply may also lead to a modification of the parenting plan, access to your children, or changes to the time-sharing schedule.
Child Relocation and Florida Law
Florida courts will not automatically grant or deny your request if you wish to relocate with children, but you will be asked to demonstrate how the relocation will be in the child’s best interest.
When you file a Petition to Relocate, the courts will evaluate numerous criteria and its impact on the child/children, including, but not limited to:
For divorced families, relocating takes more than just packing up the moving van. If you’re considering relocating with children, please get in touch with us at Vasquez de Lara Law Group right away. We can help you understand your options so you can achieve your relocation goals.