Are you a custodial parent who is planning on moving from your current Florida residence to somewhere else? Your job or business can force you to relocate, but you should be aware of how that might affect your child custody order before you do that.
What is relocation in Florida?
According to Florida child custody laws, moving over 50 miles from your current residence constitutes a relocation. Also, staying away for more than 60 days in a row without a good reason, like education, vacation, or the child’s medical needs, qualifies as relocation.
Basically, the Florida family court will consider if that relocation serves the best interest of the child. You can make an agreement on your own as the child’s parents to discuss and settle on the relocation issue at hand. However, if you cannot reach an agreement, you can file a petition with the court to rule on this new significant change.
Factors that the court considers in a relocation case
The court will determine if that relocation will improve the quality of life for the moving parent and the child. For instance, will it make your financial status better or provide a good education for the child?
The court will listen to your positions on the move and why it is a challenge for you. If you both have strong arguments, then the judge prioritizes the best interests of the child.
The court also considers if the child is mature enough to adapt to the change in circumstances. The child can also voice their concerns if they are old enough, and the court will listen and consider them.
The impact of relocation on the child’s developmental needs is a crucial matter of concern. If the change could improve the child’s life (or not affect it), then you may be in a better position.