Relocation is a hot topic when it comes to divorce in the state of Florida. Many couples that divorce who have children need to know what it takes to relocate and what they can and cannot do when wanting to relocate. It’s best to know the laws prior to making a decision about relocating so that you do not violate them, risking custody of your child in Orlando.

A petition to relocate will be required in the state of Florida if the parents cannot come to an agreement on the relocation proposal. The petition will need to be filed by the parent who wants to relocate with the child. The petition must be filed with the family court and then served to the other parent. Every relocation petition must include the following information:

  • Date that the proposed move will occur
  • The phone number and address of the proposed new residence
  • Any reasons for the proposed relocation. If due to a job offer, the offer should be provided in writing
  • Proposed plan for transportation for the child for visitation purposes
  • Proposed visitation schedule to take effect after the move

The parent served with the petition has just 20 days to file a response to the petition. Should the parent who is served not respond to the petition, the court can approve the move without holding a hearing. If the parent decides to respond, he or she should include the reasons why relocation shouldn’t occur and evidence as to how much time this parent puts into the child’s life.

If you have any questions about relocation and the Florida law, you should perform due diligence prior to moving with your child after divorce. Getting out in front of any issues that could arise will make the transition much easier for all involved.