Orlando Family & Child Relocation Attorney
Unfortunately, child custody issues and disputes do not simply come to a halt once divorce has been finalized. Custody disputes and complications are bound to continue for years to come, and our attorneys know how emotionally draining and time consuming some of these problems can be. For example, when a custodial parent has a job opportunity or another motive for moving more than 50 miles, they cannot simply move and take their child with them. They must seek court approval and go through the proper channels before they can move and not jeopardize their custodial rights. Our Orlando family & child relocation attorneys of Sperling Ducker PLC are here to provide experienced legal assistance to solve your child custody concerns in a timely manner.
Parental Relocation Attorney
The average person moves 11.4 times in their lifetime, according to Fivethirtyeight, meaning that the likelihood of needing to move as a parent is high. Yet, custodial parents who move their children 50 miles or more for 60 or more days without the permission of the court or the consent of the other parent face severe legal repercussions, including the loss of their custodial rights. However, it may be possible to move beyond the 50 mile distance set under the parental relocation statute 61.13001 by working closely with an attorney. Our lawyers have helped countless families relocate to be closer to family members, to find better jobs, and to improve the lives of their children. There are a few routes to take to accomplish a legal relocation:
- Written Permission from Other Parent – It is imperative that you do not only get oral permission to move your child, or an offhand email or text. You need formal, written consent that outlines the specifics. This document must contain specific legal language, be notarized, signed, dated, and contain information regarding the changes made in the timesharing plan, transportation, and expenses.
- Court Approval – Another option is to go through the Florida court system via a Petition to Relocate to gain permission when the other parent refuses to give written consent. The custodial parent who wishes to move must include their new address, telephone number, reason for moving, changes to the timesharing plan, and other information. The noncustodial parent will be given 20 days to object to the move, and if they do object to the move the court will schedule a hearing.
Penalties for Unlawful Relocation
The penalties for relocating a child without permission are severe. If a parent does this, they face the following repercussions:
- Payment of legal fees to other party;
- Court order to return child; and
- Modification of timesharing plan in favor of the other parent.
Call Our Orlando Parental Relocation Lawyers Today
Whether you have an opportunity to make a better life for your child in another city or state, or you are a concerned parent with equal or fewer custodial rights that does not want the other party to take your child away, you need to discuss your options with an attorney. Call Sperling Ducker PLC today.