Boynton Beach Relocation
One of the many issues that may arise in a family law case is whether a parent can move, or relocate, to a different geographic area. A parent may want to relocate for many reasons, including change in employment or moving closer to relatives. If you are a custodial parent who is seeking to relocate, or a non-custodial parent challenging such the other parent’s relocation, contact me today. I have spent the past three decades helping clients like you through their tough family law issues.Boynton Beach Parental Relocation Lawyer
After resolving a time-sharing and visitation case, the custodial parent must get the court’s permission to relocate if they plan on moving more than 50 miles away from the other parent. Like all other child-related family law cases, relocation matters are determined based on what is in the best interests of the child. When the custodial parent wants to relocate more than 50 miles away, the law is designed to ensure that such a move does not negatively impact the child’s relationship with the non-custodial parent.
After a time-sharing and visitation case is resolved, a parent may want to relocate. If he or she wants to move more than 50 miles away from the other parent, they must file a supplemental petition in court. A judge will decide whether or not to allow the parent to relocate with the child. Obviously, when a custodial parent relocates with the child, time-sharing and visitation plans may change. Each parent has certain rights based on their time-sharing, and the child has a right to have a meaningful relationship with each parent.
Since the court must consider whether or not the relocation is in the child’s best interests, a judge will consider multiple factors such as:
- The reasons for the move – The relocating parent must not just be trying to interfere with the other’s parents visitation rights.
- Whether substitute visitation can be established – This is designed to preserve a meaningful relationship between the child and each parent.
- Prior visitation experience – The judge will analyze how visitation was set in the past and whether the non-custodian has actually utilized their visitation rights.
- The payment of child support – The court may consider whether the non-custodial parent has paid their child support obligation.
- The relationship between each parent and the child – The court does not want the child to lose a meaningful relationship with the non-custodial parent.
- The child’s preference – If the child has reached a certain age, the court may consider his or her preference.
If you considering filing a relocation petition, or want to challenge a relocation petition, contact me today. For over 35 years, I have represented countless people in family law cases. My successful representation centers of my dedication to each client. I take the time to fully understand the facts of each case and work closely with each client. Your questions will be fully answered and all of your legal options will be explained. Contact me today by calling my office at (954) 229-1660 or my cell phone at (954) 295-9222 to discuss your case and schedule your free consultation.