About Parental Relocation in Florida
Studies have shown that children are happier and more productive when both parents have fair, frequent levels of involvement in their lives. There are times, however, when one parent must move away. Though it can be difficult to revise a parenting plan so that both parents maintain close relationships with their children after a move, our Ocala family law attorney has years of experience helping families in this tough situation.
If a remarriage, business transfer or employment opportunity has required you to relocate, we at the law firm of Ami L. DiLorenzo, P.A., can help. We represent parents throughout Florida in situations that call for a parental relocation. Usually, such a move requires a modification of an existing child custody order. We will do our best to reach an amicable agreement by drafting documentation outside of the courtroom, and advocate for you in the courtroom if that becomes necessary.
Florida Law On Parental Relocation
Under Florida law, you can move 49 or fewer miles without permission from the other parent or the court. If you move 50 miles or more, however, you must get the consent of the other parent. If the other parent does not consent, you must seek the court’s permission to move.
- In deciding whether or not to grant permission for the relocation, the court considers many factors, including:
- The reason each parent gives for seeking relocation or for opposing it.
- The nature of your child’s relationship with each parent.
- Your child’s age.
- Your child’s preference.
- How easily the relationship between the child and the non-relocating parent may be preserved.
- Whether relocation is sought in good faith.
Parents who relocate without giving notice to the other parent — or parents who relocate anyway after the other parent objects — may face serious consequences. They are subject to court-ordered sanctions. Under Florida law, the other parent may be awarded temporary or permanent child custody, as well as attorney’s fees, costs and travel expenses. For this reason, it is critical that you talk with an experienced Florida family law attorney before you take action.
A Forceful Advocate For Your Family
Parental relocation has always been a delicate family law issue and can be very emotional. At Ami L. DiLorenzo, P.A., we handle the legal aspects of your case so that you can focus on the emotional ones. This often means forceful advocacy for you in Florida courts while fighting to preserve your relationship with your child. It means quick action. And it means exercising every option possible under our state’s laws.
Speak To Our Lawyer Today
If relocation is an issue for you, take immediate action. To schedule a consultation with an Ocala family lawyer at the law firm of Ami L. DiLorenzo, P.A., call us at 352-580-1141. We place great emphasis on answering e-mail inquiries as quickly as possible, so please feel free to contact us at any time.