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How relocation will affect your child custody

While most people in Florida would prefer post-marital arrangements to be completed once the judge declares them legally divorced, things can become more complicated when there are children involved. Child custody plans may be sufficient at the time of divorce, but can quickly become out-dated and incapable of handling your family's changing needs. This is especially true if jobs, relationships or other factors cause you to move away from your ex-spouse. We at The Law Office of Philip J. Schipani can help you determine how this move will affect your child custody plan and what you can do about it.

According to the Florida State Legislature, not every move will qualify as a relocation and require a change to your parenting plan. In order to be considered, your new residence must be at least 50 miles away from where you used to live and you should be planning to stay there for at least 60 consecutive days. If this is the case, you can submit a petition to relocate. 

There are several things that must be included in your petition, such as the exact physical address of your new residence, the date you plan to move and any changes to your telephone number. You must also detail why you are moving and provide proof if the purpose is for your employment. 

If your ex-spouse agrees to the relocation, you will simply need to both sign a written consent and detail the transportation and time-sharing schedule that will be put in place. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.

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