Relocation/Residency Requirements

Petitioning the Court When You Want to Relocate

Filing Your Petition to Relocate

Factors the Court Will Consider in your Petition Hearing

In Florida, there is no automatic presumption or bias for or against the request for relocation.  Ultimately the court will consider what is in the best interests of the child or children when deciding whether to grant the request for relocation.  When determining whether the relocation is in the best interests of the child, the court will look at many factors including:

  • Whether non-relocating parent uses their allotted time under the time-sharing plan
  • Whether the non-relocating spouse is involved in the child’s education or extracurricular activities
  • Whether the non-relocating parent is involved or responsibility for routine or daily responsibilities such as taking the child to the doctor

Florida courts are interested in preserving the relationship of the child with both parents.  If the child is old and mature enough, the court may take the child’s preference into consideration when deciding whether to grant the request for relocation.  If the quality of life that will be obtained for the child and the career opportunities due to the move outweighs all of the other factors, the court will grant the petition to relocate.


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