You and your ex have recently divorced and the family court has signed off on a custody agreement. At the moment, this arrangement works fine but you’re contemplating a move.
Is it as simple as just taking off with the kids without telling anyone? What about the current custody arrangement?
How far are you planning on going?
In Florida, the law states that a move must be at least 50 miles away to be classified as a relocation. To relocate, you must file a petition for relocation.
Even if you’re not planning a move that hits 50 miles, it may still be in your best interests to go through the formal process. Co-parenting relies on effective communication between parents as well as compromise and cooperation. Moving without going through the legal channels could not only upset your co-parent, but it might give them grounds to raise a custody case of their own.
If you are moving 50 miles or more then it is compulsory to file a petition for relocation. Failing to do so could not only result in the consequences discussed earlier, but you may also face contempt of court charges for failing to adhere to the parenting plan. You could also find yourself in a position where the move is forbidden altogether.
Custody orders are legally binding but the courts are also aware that circumstances can change for both parents and children. They will always base their decisions on the best interests of the child. If you are thinking about relocating, make sure you seek legal guidance before committing to the move.