It isn’t easy to develop a child custody and visitation plan that meets the needs of both parents and the child. These arrangements get a lot more complicated when a custodial parent plans to relocate to another city in Florida or another state with the child after finalization of the divorce.
Under Florida law, a court will permit a child’s relocation only when the move is in the best interests of the child. At the same time, the court must not determine that the custodial parent’s request for relocation is an attempt at breaking contact of the child with the other parent. In fact, the relocating parent has to convince the court that all necessary measures for preserving the child relationship with the other parent will be in place after the move.
A parent seeking to relocate with a child may argue for the move by showing the court evidence that the child will have better housing or more educational opportunities in their new home. A parent seeking to block relocation may argue that the move is not in the best interests of the child by pointing out a lack of good schools in the new city, a lack of medical facilities or even high crime rates.
As discussed here, a parent can be on either side of the equation depending on who has custody and who wishes to relocate. However, what is most important in these cases are the best interests of the child. We, at the Messer and Messer Law Offices, have more than 15 years of experience in helping parents resolve issues related to relocation and therefore, we may be the right choice for you if you are planning to relocate with a child or if you are planning to prevent the other parent from relocating with a child.