© 2009 Arlene C. Richman, Esq.
by Arlene C. Richman, Esq.
In order for one parent to relocate with a child of the parties, subject to the jurisdiction of a Florida court, the parent must meet several criteria, depending on whether the relocation is agreed to by the parties, or in dispute.
For purposes of collaborative law, it is assumed that each party has met with each other, and their collaborative attorneys and discussed all aspects of relocation, included the costs and change of time-sharing and the benefits and detriments of relocation. Therefore, in a collaborative case, the parties have discussed and entered into an agreement for relocation.
The Florida statutes have provided for relocation by agreement  by stating:
RELOCATION BY AGREEMENT.--
(a) If the parents and every other person entitled to access to or time-sharing with the child agree to the relocation of the child, they may satisfy the requirements of this section by signing a written agreement that:
1. Reflects consent to the relocation;
2. Defines an access or time-sharing schedule for the nonrelocating parent and any other persons who are entitled to access or time-sharing; and
3. Describes, if necessary, any transportation arrangements related to access or time-sharing.
(b) If there is an existing cause of action, judgment, or decree of record pertaining to the child's residence or a time-sharing schedule, the parties shall seek ratification of the agreement by court order without the necessity of an evidentiary hearing unless a hearing is requested, in writing, by one or more of the parties to the agreement within 10 days after the date the agreement is filed with the court. If a hearing is not timely requested, it shall be presumed that the relocation is in the best interest of the child and the court may ratify the agreement without an evidentiary hearing.
 §61.13001 (2) Fla. Stat. (2009) RETURN TO TEXT
Arlene Richman is an attorney practicing collaborative law and family law in South Florida (including Broward County, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood) since 1987. She is a certified family law mediator.
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