Solutions For Your Relocation Concerns

Parenting plans for child custody are not necessarily set in stone. Life's changes sometimes require reassessing the time-sharing arrangement — for example, when one parent wants to relocate. Parents seeking to move with the children more than 50 miles away must first obtain court approval.

Sometimes, parents can reach an agreement that modifies the existing parenting plan to fit the proposed move. This approach can save both parties the time, expense and turmoil involved in contested proceedings. Other times, however, one parent may oppose the move. Courts will ultimately look to the best interests of the children in deciding whether to approve a relocation.

Understanding The Challenges

It can be complicated to pursue a long distance move when you have a parenting plan in place. You must follow specific legal requirements, including serving the proper notices on the court and the other parent. If a hearing takes place, you have the burden of proving that the move is in the best interests of the children.

Likewise, if you are on the other side — seeking to oppose the other parent's proposed move — you must take specific steps to voice your position and make a strong case.

In contested cases, relocation proceedings, like other types of custody modifications, can be just as intensive as the original custody determination.

For that reason, it's important to get help from an experienced family law attorney.

Get Help From A Local Firm

At Winter Spires & Associates, P.A., we provide experienced guidance on all aspects of child custody and relocation cases. Lawyer Winter Spires represents parents on both sides. At our firm, you will find quality legal guidance rooted in a personalized approach.

Take the next step by scheduling a consultation to discuss your rights and options regarding parental relocation. Call 850-502-4506. With offices in Destin and Marianna, Florida, we offer flexible appointment hours when needed.