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Petition to Relocate with a Child
Our Fort Walton Beach Child Relocation Attorneys Can Help
Under Florida law, if you wish to relocate with your child and you are separated from their other biological parent, you must file a petition to relocate. This applies to any relocation over 50 miles from your current address. The court will evaluate the petition, consider all concerns and objections, and then grant or deny the relocation accordingly.
Whether you are petitioning the relocation or looking to defend your parental rights, we can help. Our legal team at The Virga Law Firm, P.A. can guide you through the petition process and advocate for your wants and needs.
Call to get started on your relocation case today: 800-822-5170.
Even when both parents agree on relocating a child, the court still requires a petition to relocate, as well as a new time-sharing and parental responsibility arrangement. Assuming the relocation is still in the best interest of the child, the court will generally approve the petition if both parties are in agreement.
When parents disagree on the relocation of the child, it becomes a contested relocation. Under Florida Statute 61.13001, the court will review the following information before granting or denying the request:
- Nature and quality of the child’s relationship with the non-relocating parent, as well as other relationships that exist in the child’s current location, such as siblings, half-siblings, or other family members
- Impact the relocation would have on the child’s developmental stage, age, and maturity
- Feasibility of a workable time-sharing plan for the non-relocating parent
- Preference of the child
- Objections against relocation
- Improvements to quality of life the relocation may bring, including an increase in economic stature
Having the right attorney advocate for you during a relocation hearing is crucial to your overall success. Without a child relocation lawyer, you may unknowingly fail to comply with Florida’s relocation statute, leading to a variety of consequences, including:
- Mandated return of the child
- Contempt of court
- Reasons to alter time-sharing agreements
- Mandated payment of all legal fees, including the opposing party
Don’t Go Through Your Case Alone – Contact Our Fort Walton Beach Child Relocation Lawyers
At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we understand that your child is your number one priority. Whether you are facing a contested relocation trial or simply need legal assistance drafting your new time-sharing agreement, our attorneys can help you handle your family law case. With over 100 years of combined experience, we can evaluate your situation and effectively represent you.
Contact our office todayto discuss your case with one of our Fort Walton Beach child relocation attorneys.
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