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Child custody and relocation after a divorce

| Jun 21, 2021 | Parenting Agreements |

After you’ve gone through a divorce in Florida, you may want to move because you accepted a new job or just want to start over in a new city. Whatever the reason is, you will find that it does get a bit more complicated when you have children involved. While relocation is possible, there are some things that you need to know.

How the courts will decide

You will generally need to get permission from the court to relocate more than 50 miles away. The courts will take into consideration things like parenting plans, why you are moving and whether or not it’s for a valid reason. These reasons can include obtaining employment in another city that will improve the child’s quality-of-life or better educational opportunities for the child. The courts tend to only grant permission in cases where the parent can show that it’s in the best interest of the child to relocate.

What you need to consider

Whether or not a judge will grant you permission to relocate will depend on how well you present your case. In addition to proving that you have a good reason to move, you will also need to prove that the other parent will still have the ability to stay involved in the child’s life. It can take time for the court to grant you permission, and it’s imperative that you inform the court of your desire to move as soon as you decide that you’d like to relocate.

If you would like to relocate with your child after a divorce, you need to do it the right way. Many individuals seek legal counsel so that they can ensure that they take the necessary steps to get their relocation approved.