Relocating with Children After Divorce

During the divorce process, there are a number of issues that arise and the two spouses must either reach an agreement or the judge will make a decision. This can often include factors involving children such as who has custody. Unfortunately, these agreements do not always account for unforeseen circumstances such as the custodial parent having to relocate for a Job or other reason.

Relocation can be a complicated matter because if the non-custodial parent has visitation rights, a move may interfere with this time spent with children. Because of this, it is vital to understand the steps that go into relocating and what the custodial parent must do to achieve this.

In order to petition for relocation, the custodial parent must sign the petition under oath and include the following:

  • The new residence’s description, including physical address (if known), city, and state
  • The mailing address if not the same as the physical address
  • The new residence’s home telephone number if available
  • The move date
  • The reason for the relocation in specific details
  • The proposed schedule for a revised custody agreement

A statement must also be included in the petition that allows for objection of relocation that the non-custodial parent has 20 days to file after the custodial parent’s petition to relocate is filed.

At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa family law attorneys have extensive experience in all matters related to child custody including relocation. We know each party has the right to either petition for relocation or to object to the relocation. Our team can explain your rights and options in order to move forward to the next chapter of your life.

It is our goal to compile the details of your case in order to help you seek the most favorable outcome. It is best to focus on the best interests of the children involved and that is what we strive to do. Call today to get started.

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