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Relocation with Minor Child/ren:

The change of location must be at least 50 miles...

 
 

Overview

 
 

When a relationship involving a minor child/ren has broken down, one of the parents may wish to relocate.  Relocation matters in Florida are governed by §61.13001, Florida Statutes, and must be strictly adhered to.  Florida's Relocation Statute defines relocation as "a change in the location of the principal residence of a parent or other person from his or her principal place of residence at the time of the last order establishing or modifying time-sharing, or at the time of filing the pending action to establish or modify time-sharing. The change of location must be at least 50 miles from that residence, and for at least 60 consecutive days not including a temporary absence from the principal residence for purposes of vacation, education, or the provision of health care for the child." In the event a person is contesting a relocation, they must file an answer objecting to relocation. The court will conduct a hearing on the matter and must make a determination based on the applicable statutory factors.  Non-compliance with this statute, or any other improperrelocation with a minor child/ren, may result in severe consequences, including, but not limited to an order requiring the immediate return of the child/ren, a contempt order against the violating party, a modification of the parties' existing time-sharing schedule and/or an award of attorney's fees to be paid by the violating party.