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Doing What Is Right For Your Family

The legal system in the State of Florida recognizes the importance of both parents taking an active role in the life of a child; and the law supports the rights of the parents and their child to have a close and meaningful relationship. Therefore the State of Florida takes the relocation of either parent seriously, but will allow it under certain circumstances when relocation is in the best interests of the child. The Court’s approval of relocation can have significant impacts on the child and often requires modifications of the parenting plan and the visitation or timesharing schedule.

Florida law defines relocation as a parent moving at least fifty miles from their primary residence for a period of at least sixty consecutive days, excluding temporary absences for the purpose of vacation, education, or the provision of health care for the minor child. In many cases, Court approval is required before a parent is allowed to relocate, and it is important that you know what is required of you and follow the proper procedures. The process of filing or responding to a petition for relocation can be complicated and the counsel and assistance of a child custody attorney is highly recommended for the completion of the appropriate documents and the navigation of Court proceedings. The Law Office of Robyn A. Hudson, P.A. has extensive experience in matters related to family law and can provide quality representation regarding parental and child rights.

Seeking Or Objecting To Relocation

If the parents are in agreement about the terms of a relocation regarding the parenting plan and visitation, including travel details for the child, this agreement can be filed with the Court for approval. However, if the parents are unable to come to an agreement, the parent wishing to relocate must file a petition with the Court, a parent who opposes relocation must file the proper objection, and an evidentiary hearing will be scheduled if a timely objection is filed. Both parents must attend the hearing to present evidence and argue their case.

Factors that will be considered by the Court in matters of relocation include, but are not limited to:

  • The child’s relationship with both parents and other individuals in the child’s life.
  • The age of the child and the impact of relocation on their development, education, and other areas of life.
  • Economic and financial issues including the viability of a timesharing plan for the child and the non-relocating parent, and any financial/ job opportunities available to the relocating parent.
  • The reasons why the relocating parent wishes to relocate, and the reasons why the non-relocating parent opposes the relocation.
  • Issues of domestic violence or substance abuse.

If a parent who is required to obtain Court approval before relocating relocates without following the proper procedures, there may be serious consequences, such as being found in contempt of Court, being ordered to pay the other parent’s attorney’s fees and other costs, being ordered to return the child, or even losing timesharing with the child.

Contact The Lake And Sumter Family Law Attorneys At Robyn A. Hudson, P.A. Today


Robyn A. Hudson, P.A.
224 North Rockingham Avenue
Tavares, Florida 32778

The Law Office of Robyn A. Hudson, P.A., is conveniently located in downtown Tavares and represents people throughout Lake County and Sumter County.

Any legal matter affecting your family will potentially bring major changes in your life. If you are going through a divorce or a custody dispute, if your family is involved with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), or if you have another family law issue, it is crucial to have an aggressive, compassionate lawyer on your side.

At the Law Office of Robyn A. Hudson, P.A., we care deeply about every client we serve, and we will work closely with you to help you understand the legal process. As your lawyers, we will be ready to protect your rights in and out of the courtroom, and we will work tirelessly to help you through an emotional, stressful time. Call 352-742-3333 or complete the contact form below to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.