The issue of parental relocation has long been a sore spot in Florida's courts, with the appellate court system often dividing itself over it.
In general, the appellate courts agree that a custodial parent is free to move with his/her children unless a residence restriction has been placed on the parent. However, a recent judgment has made it more difficult for custodial parents to move. It states that moving would violate the terms of agreement under which visitation rights had been previously discussed. If the custodial parent moved, this would cause an undue burden on the non-custodial parent in many cases.
However, there are those judges who argue that the lifestyle of the child must be considered first and foremost. If the move would improve the child's quality of life significantly, the court will automatically rule for the move.
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