Can I Fight A Child Relocation In Florida
Child Relocation Cases Are A Serious Business In Florida Courts. Orlando Attorneys Often Must Fight A Child Relocation In Florida.
Anytime a parent wishes to move more than fifty miles from the court that issued their current final judgment that parent must file a proper petition to relocate with the child. Much of the time when this happens, the other parent does not agree to the move and wants to oppose the relocation in any way possible. There are a few basic points to keep in mind when thinking about opposing a relocation request.
Just like with any other petition the parent who has been served with the petition to relocate will need to file a written and verified response within twenty days. This objection must be specific as to certain points that are laid out in the Florida relocation statute. Any person who is served with a relocation petition may consult the statute and make sure that the petition satisfies all the requirements for a valid petition. If it does not then the appropriate motion may be filed. If the petition satisfies all statutory requirements and an objection is filed then a hearing will be held on the matter.
It is important to focus on the factors provided in the relocation statute in order to convince a judge that it is not in the child’s best interests to move away. This can be shown in many ways including, but not limited to: the move will not allow both parents to have a relationship with the child, the child’s extended family and friends are in the original location, the child would have better financial opportunities if the move were not permitted, and the list goes on.
Anyone who has been served with a petition to relocate with a minor child should contact our office to discuss how to fight a child relocation in Florida.
Sean Smallwood is an Orlando divorce attorney for the law firm Sean Smallwood, Orlando Divorce & Family Law P.A. where he represents clients in all areas of family law and divorce. 100% of the practice is devoted to family law. As an attorney in Orlando, he has helped many families with a wide variety of family law cases including Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, and many other issues.