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What is a petition to relocate in Florida?

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2022 | Child Custody |

A petition to relocate in a child custody case is a formal request made to the court by one parent or guardian asking to move their child to a new location. This can be a difficult decision for parents as it can have a major impact on their children’s lives.

What are the grounds for a petition to relocate?

One of the main reasons a parent or guardian may want to relocate their child is for a job opportunity. This could be a promotion, a new job or a location change. Other reasons may include safety concerns, family issues or even just a desire for a change of scenery. Whatever the reason, the court will consider all factors when making a decision.

What factors will the court consider?

Determining child custody is a complex legal process that requires the court to look at several factors when deciding whether to grant a petition to relocate. These can include the child’s age, their relationship with both parents, any special needs they may have and how the move would impact their education and relationships with friends and family. The court will also take into account the reasons for the relocation and whether it is in the child’s best interests.

What should you include in a petition to relocate?

When filing a petition to relocate, you will need to provide the court with detailed information about why you are requesting the move and how it would benefit your child. You should include a proposed parenting plan that outlines how custody and visitation would get handled if the relocation is approved. If possible, include a description of the new home and a mailing address as well as a phone number through which you can be reached.

The court will carefully consider all of this information before deciding on the petition. If it is granted, the parents will need to work together to create a parenting plan that addresses how to handle custody and visitation in light of the move.


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