Relocating After Divorce in Florida: Important Information

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Going through a divorce can be an emotional and challenging experience. One of the most difficult parts of the process is trying to understand how decisions made during the divorce will affect both parties in the future. This is especially true when one of the individuals involved decides to move after the separation has been finalized. For those going through a divorce in Florida, it's essential to understand how this relocation may ultimately affect existing agreements, particularly those pertaining to children.

The Virga Law Firm, P.A. can help provide the information necessary to understand the stipulations regarding relocating after a Florida divorce. Keep reading to learn more.

Relocation Laws in Florida

Florida laws are very specific regarding relocation after a divorce has been finalized. Generally speaking, any parent wishing to relocate must provide written notice at least 60 days before their intended departure date. The notice must include detailed information about where they plan to move, why they are moving, and what arrangements they have made for parenting time with their children while living in their new location. The other parent has 30 days after receiving this notice to respond with any objections or concerns regarding the proposed relocation.

Suppose both parents agree that relocating is in the best interest of their children. In that case, they can submit an agreement outlining the terms of their new arrangement, which will be signed by both parties and approved by a court before being implemented as part of their existing time-sharing agreement.

However, if one parent objects or requests a hearing on the matter, then a judge will decide whether or not relocating is in fact in the best interest of their children and modify existing parenting time orders accordingly.

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Factors Considered When Deciding on Relocation Cases

When making its decision on whether or not relocation should be allowed, a judge will consider several factors, including:

  • Any potential hardships resulting from preventing relocation

  • Any economic benefits associated with relocating

  • Each parent's ability and willingness to facilitate access between the child and non-relocating parent

  • Each parent's current job prospects and educational opportunities

  • Whether either party has sought partial responsibility

  • Any special needs or circumstances of any minor children involved

  • If there are adequate medical facilities available at both locations

Each case is different, but if you're considering relocating after your divorce has been finalized, you must become familiar with applicable laws to ensure your rights (and those of your children) are fully protected throughout each step of this process.

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Working With Experienced Attorneys

Moving after a divorce is rarely easy, but understanding applicable laws in your area can help make this transition smoother for everyone involved. Those going through a divorce in Florida should take time to learn about state laws regarding relocation, as these rules could ultimately impact existing parental responsibility agreements.

An experienced family law attorney can provide additional guidance for those navigating such situations and help ensure that all legal requirements are met before finalizing any relocation plans involving minor children. With proper preparation, divorcing couples can better ensure that all parties remain safe throughout this process while protecting their rights under existing responsibility agreements.

If you have questions or are expecting to move in the near future – don’t hesitate to reach out to The Virga Law Firm, P.A.. We are proud to serve clients across Florida and help them navigate the most complex family law matters. This includes relocations and modifications to any existing parental responsibility and time-sharing agreements that you may have in place.

Are you moving after your Florida divorce? It may be necessary to revisit any established agreements you have regarding your children. Contact the team at The Virga Law Firm, P.A. at (800) 822-5170.

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