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Relocation of Children

Our Okaloosa County Child Custody Attorneys Can Help

Life is rarely static following a divorce. Sometimes one spouse will remarry while another one finds a new, better paying job and moves away. However, this becomes significantly more complicated when children are involved. Even if one parent has sole custody of the child, the other parent still likely has court-ordered visitation rights. If the custodial parent tries to move with the child a particular distance away from the other parent, the custodial parent could be charged with kidnapping.

If you’re a parent hoping to move with your child, or you’re a parent who doesn’t want your kid to move too far away to visit, our Okaloosa County child custody attorneys can help. Chesser & Barr, P.A. has years of experience assisting parents in negotiation after a divorce. Let us see what we can do for you.

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Florida Law

Florida statutes describe “relocation” as a change in the location that’s more than 50 miles from the last residence. This law doesn’t apply to short vacations or trips but only applies when a child moves and stays elsewhere for at least 60 consecutive days.

To move, the parent who wishes to relocate must obtain a written agreement from the other parent or serve a Petition to Relocate to the other parent, giving him or her 20 days to object to the move. The parent who doesn’t wish their child to move should respond within 20 days, specifying the specific factual basis supporting the reasons for seeking prohibition for the relocation.

Ultimately, the Florida court will rule in favor of whatever is in the child’s best interest. The initial burden to prove the relocation is in the child’s best interest rests on the parent who wishes to relocate. Once a person presents evidence in favor of the move, the burden will shift to the other parent.

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Whether you’re hoping to relocate or hoping to prevent your child from leaving the area, our skilled Okaloosa County family law attorneys can represent you in court. We understand you may be under a lot of stress, which is why we will do our best to make this process as stress-free as possible. Let us protect your child’s best interests and help you meet your legal goals.

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For decades, the Okaloosa County attorneys at Chesser & Barr, P.A. have been committed to providing clients with results-oriented representation. Our clients come to us when facing sensitive legal issues and they seek cost-effective, practical, and efficient resolutions. Since our firm’s founding, we have always put the rights and interests of our clients first, and this is reflected by our happy clients, proven results, and professional accolades.

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