Top Tips for Relocating with your Child in Florida
- Talk to an attorney earlier. These are VERY fact specific cases and NOT something that should be done without a lawyer.
- If you are relocating for work, have your documentation of your new employment in writing and in hand.
- Come up with a plan for how and when the child(ren) will see the other parent and who is going to pay for the cost.
- If the other parent has had substantial time with the child, be prepared to give up a majority of your school break time to the other parent.
- The other parent's failure to pay child support can be considered in relocation.
- Make sure you are doing everything you can to facilitate a relationship with the other parent – it is a major factor for judges to consider in a relocation.
- Do your homework on the new location. Know about the crime rate, housing cost, and school grades.
- Do not underestimate how difficult relocations are. This is one of the toughest things to accomplish in family Court in most cases.
- See if there is any way to negotiate the relocation with the other parent; see #9 – if you get an agreement the Judge will not have to decide but you STILL need to file for relocation.
- DO NOT, we repeat, DO NOT move without the other parent's written consent and new parenting plan OR a Court Order. This will be held against you.
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