Naples Child Relocation Attorneys

Sound Advice Based on Decades of Experience

When life circumstances change, sometimes parents wish to relocate with their children. This presents a legal issue when the relocation affects the parenting plan and the other parent's access to the child. If you or your child's other parent wishes to move away due to marriage, a job opportunity, to be closer to family or for another reason, approval from the court must be obtained before relocating the child.

Florida's Child Relocation Statute

At Long, Murphy & Zung, P.A., our attorneys know that child relocation cases are among the most difficult for judges to decide. We provide our clients with sound advice based on many years of experience and a thorough understanding of Florida's family law statutes. The relocation statute contains specific criteria and a procedure to follow for those seeking permission to relocate.

Whether the parent wishes to move within the state of Florida, out of the state or out of the country, any move that will make the current parenting plan unacceptable warrants approval by a judge. The judge will weigh a variety of factors in making a determination, including but not limited to:

  • The affordability of a substitute parenting plan, including transportation costs
  • How the move will affect the non-relocating parent's ability to exercise parenting rights
  • Whether the relocating parent will help the child maintain meaningful contact with the other parent
  • How the move will impact the child's:
    • Health
    • Relationships with family members
    • Education
    • Standard of living

Ultimately, the decision will be based on whether the relocation is in the best interests of the child.

Naples Parental Relocation Lawyers

For a confidential discussion with one of our knowledgeable child relocation lawyers serving the Naples-Marco Island area, call 239-262-3377 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.