Parents who are considering relocating their families after a divorce may not be aware of the legal restrictions that govern such a decision. In many cases, both ex-spouses are able to agree to relocation, and custody arrangements are modified accordingly. However, child custody can become far more difficult when one parent is seeking relocation and the other does not approve. Before you make the decision to apply for a move-away request from a Florida court, consider the following factors that will play a role in the court's decision.
Judges in your state will want to determine whether the relocation is truly in the best interests of your child. These interests generally include overall welfare, though educational factors such as schools and daycare can also weigh in this decision. Further, the community of friends and family members surrounding the child will be taken into consideration. If you are the parent requesting relocation, make sure that you have identified school and daycare options and that you can present evidence of an existing community of family and friends to provide a support network.