Florida’s Relocation Statute is Highly TechnicalI’ve written about relocations before. The relocation statute, unlike much of family law, is highly technical. It involves fast deadlines, mandatory language, detailed service of pleading rules, font size requirements, detailed pleadings, and the list goes on. Judges report that people frequently overlook key provisions of the statute, and children are losing in relocation cases because these strict pleading requirements and deadlines are not being met.
Florida’s Relocation Statute has an Intricate AnalysisThere is no presumption in Florida anymore on whether you can move away with your child more than 50 miles from your principal residence. Instead, courts evaluate 10-detailed and objective factors, and one catch-all factor. These factors cross over between legal standards developed over many decades litigation.
Relocations with Children Involves RiskThere is always a risk of harm associated with relocations. Your child could face difficulties in adjusting to a new environment, or have developmental needs which are impacted. Or, they simply are baseball fanatics and a move to a country without a baseball league could be devastating.
International RelocationMoving away with a child to a foreign country raises other concerns, in addition to the in-state or in-country relocation. For instance, what are the new country’s cultural differences? Language and religious barriers could be an issue. Enforcing American orders in foreign countries is another big concern. The distance from the United States is also a big concern. Inns of Court is an association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals who share a passion for professional excellence.