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Can I Relocate With My Child After a Divorce?
Going through a divorce is a challenging experience for everyone in the family. Following a divorce, you may consider making some life changes. One of the changes may be to move out of the area. You may want to take a job in another city, or you might prefer to move closer to your family. If you have shared parenting of your children, picking up and moving is not always easy. You will need to get approval from the other parent and/or the court if you want to relocate with your child. What is Relocation? When you simply want to move across town, you will not need permission from the courts or from the other parent. However, if you want to move further than 50 miles away, Florida statutes consider it relocation. Relocation applies when a parent will move further away than 50 miles and plans to stay.
Establishing Paternity in Florida
Children are all born with two biological parents. A child is entitled to know his or her biological father. With more and more children born out of wedlock, the issue of establishing paternity comes up quite often. Paternity comes with both legal rights and responsibilities. Both parents are expected to spend time with their child and provide the essentials that the child needs. In some cases, the biological father has to be established in a court of law. Either parent may elect to establish paternity, and there are several ways it may be accomplished. Paternity by Marriage When a child is born to a married couple, the law presumes that the husband is the father. The husband’s name is put on the birth certificate and he is considered the legal father of the child. This means that it is possible that the legal father is not the biological father. Parents may also marry.
The Consequences of Violating Court-Ordered Parenting Time
Most parents are able to put aside their differences and adhere to a parenting plan and child custody arrangements approved by a court. This civility benefits the child and allows parents to maintain contact in the long term with the aim of reducing the likelihood for conflict. However, not all parents are this cooperative. There are situations in which parents have valid concerns motivating them to ignore the terms of a parenting plan, but there are also instances in which parents violate the parenting plan for personal reasons that usually relate to a desire to hurt their former spouse or partner. An alleged abduction by a mother in Miami recently triggered a statewide Amber Alert after the child was taken from a court-appointed guardian. The mother planned to take the child to Mexico, but was discovered with the child in Texas.