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
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.
Get started on your case by calling us at (850) 610-7471 today!
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.
Talk to Us About Your Case Today
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.
Contact us at (850) 610-7471 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation
with us today.