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Relocating With an Existing Parenting Plan?

In Florida, family law is constantly evolving and it makes it challenging to know how to tackle complex legal issues. Thankfully certain changes make it easier to adjust to new family situations, but there are still nuances to specific scenarios that require further input. Relocation is one of the heavy hitters. These cases come into play when a parent considers moving a considerable distance away, significantly impacting established custody and time-sharing arrangements. 

This decision isn’t merely about changing locations; it deeply affects family dynamics, altering daily lives and potentially the emotional well-being of the children involved. Florida law, acknowledging the gravity of such changes, mandates specific timelines for resolving these cases. This legal framework aims to ensure decisions are made swiftly and judiciously, prioritizing the best interests of the children and providing stability during periods of significant transition.

Relocation in Florida Family Law

Relocation cases in Florida typically involve a parent moving a considerable distance from their current location, necessitating changes in established custody and time-sharing plans. These cases are generally more direct and have a clearer process compared to other types of family law modifications. In the past, it was much more challenging to modify existing parenting plans, but in spite of the newer laws, no one should expect the process to be a walk in the park. 

Florida Statutes require that a final hearing on a relocation case be held within 90 days of the relocation request being filed. This expedited procedure highlights the urgency of settling such matters promptly, ensuring stability and clarity for the children involved. Additionally, in cases where temporary relocation is requested, Florida law mandates that a hearing be conducted within 30 days. This swift response is critical in situations where immediate, temporary changes are needed, prioritizing the needs and best interests of the child.

Challenges Posed by Court Backlogs

It’s important to keep in mind that the implementation of these laws often encounters challenges due to Florida’s overburdened court system. Despite the clear timelines set by law, the reality of court backlogs can lead to delays in hearings and decisions. Such delays extend the uncertainty for families at a time when clarity and promptness are most needed. The impact of these postponements goes beyond legal proceedings, affecting the emotional and psychological well-being of families all over the state. 

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Relocation cases form an essential part of Florida’s family law system and are designed to be resolved efficiently. However, the reality of court backlogs can introduce delays, creating stress and uncertainty for families. Don’t let the backlogs prevent you from living your life normally. Experienced and professional legal services can give you the peace of mind you need to focus on your move and settling in.For those facing relocation or other family law matters in Florida, informed and timely legal guidance is key. At Petkovich Law Firm, we are committed to helping you navigate the legal process efficiently and effectively. Our team understands the importance of resolving your case promptly and with the attention it deserves. Contact Petkovich Law Firm to schedule a consultation, and let us provide you with expert legal support tailored to your unique situation.


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