What factors are considered in deciding if my child can move with me?
When a judge is making decisions for modifying a parenting agreement, Florida law says they can look at the following factors in making their determination:
- the nature, quality, extent of involvement, and duration of the child’s relationship with the parent proposing the relocation and the other parent not relocating
- the age and developmental stage of the child, their needs, and the likely impact the relocation will have on the child’s overall development
- the feasibility of preserving the relationship between the non-relocating parent and the child through a substitute arrangement taking into account the difficulty the distance will create
- If appropriate, the child’s preferences
- Whether the relocation will enhance the general quality of life for the parent
- Both parent’s reasons for relocating or opposing the relocation
- The current employment and economic circumstances of each parent and if the relocation will improve the circumstances
- The relocation is sought in good faith
- The available opportunities to the objecting parent if the relocation occurs
- If there is a history of substance abuse or domestic violence as defined in Florida Statute 741.28
- Any other factor affecting the best interest of the child or as set forth in Florida Child Custody Law 61.13.
As you can see there are a lot of factors that come into play. Each case is evaluated individually, so there is no chart of one size fits all time-sharing plan that will automatically be applied to your situation.