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Petitions for Relocation in Florida

Tampa family law attorneys helping families whose circumstances change

After a divorce, your life, your children’s lives and the life of your spouse is bound to change in significant ways. Former spouses find new job opportunities, remarry, move closer to their families and generally begin new lives. Despite the fact that changes are common in divorce, relocating with your children is not a simple matter. Florida and federal laws limit your rights to relocate with your children. At Baccarella & Baccarella, P.A., we help parents examine their changed circumstances and strongly pursue custody modifications to protect your rights.

Helping you modify your parenting plan

When one parent moves to another city or state, it often becomes impossible to adhere to the parenting plan that is already in place. Our Tampa custody modification attorneys can help you negotiate with the other parent for a new parenting plan based on your new location, or we can help you petition the court for a relocation and modification. Under Florida law, you must notify the other parent of your intent to move and include certain information about the relocation:

  • Reasons for the relocation
  • Description of your new residence
  • Your new address, mailing address and telephone number
  • Date of your intended move
  • Proposed revised parenting plan

If you object to a relocation of your former spouse with your children, our divorce attorneys must file your objection with the court within 30 days.

Relocations of children

When the court decides whether to grant your children’s relocation and custody modification, it analyzes several factors to determine what is in the best interest of your children:

  • Relationship between each parent and child
  • Children’s relationships with relatives and significant people
  • Age, development and needs of each child and the impact of the relocation on their lives
  • Preservation of continuing meaningful contact between the parents and children
  • Preferences of the children, considering their ages and maturity
  • Whether relocation will enhance the general quality of life of the children and parents
  • Reasons each parent is seeking or opposing relocation
  • Employment and finances of each parent before and after the move
  • Whether the relocation is in good faith
  • Whether the objecting parent has fulfilled his or her support and financial obligations
  • Opportunities available to the objecting parent after relocation
  • Histories of substance abuse or domestic violence
  • Any other factors

Assistance you can rely on in changing times

Whether you need to relocate and take your children with you, or you oppose the proposed relocation of your spouse for good reasons, the attorneys at Baccarella & Baccarella have the experience and dependability you need to obtain successful results. To learn more about how we can help with your relocation, modification or other family law matter, please call our divorce attorneys today at 813-254-8998 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.

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