Moving with your child after divorce may be harder than you think

On behalf of North Tampa Legal Group on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Divorce will bring many significant changes in your life. These changes can continue to affect your life for years to come, including any future moves you may make. If you have minor children, the impact of a potential move and what it means for your custody arrangement could have a significant impact on your ability to relocate as you wish.

If your move will require you to move your children to a new school, city, state or even country, there are specific steps you will have to take before you start packing. If a custody order is in place, the other parent has a say in what happens to his or her children, and certain permissions are necessary. It may be beneficial for you to learn more about how child relocation works.

The requirements of parental location

When the primary custodian of the children decides to move, it can greatly impact the kids’ relationship with the other parent. There is significant benefit to allowing children to maintain a strong relationship with both parents after divorce, and the court will weigh the benefits of this choice with the potential drawbacks. If you are the custodial parent and you want to move with your children, consider the following:

According to state law, a relocation includes any move that will take the children more than 50 miles for more than 60 days.
In Florida, if the other parent gives consent for the relocation or there is a provision in the custody order allowing for it, it may be easier to move with your children. However, the other still has the right to visitation.
If the other parent objects to the move, you must give proper notice, and he or she has the right to object to the move. A judge will consider the factors of the case and determine whether or not you will be able to relocate the children.

Moving with your children after divorce can be a complex process, especially if the other parent objects to the move. If this is your goal, it may be helpful to seek legal guidance in order to understand your options and the most appropriate course of action.

Help for pursuing your goals

Changing your custody and visitation order after divorce is not an easy process. If you want to take the significant step of relocating with your children, you will find it beneficial to first seek the guidance of an Florida family law attorney who can help you understand how relocation works in the state and your rights as a parent.