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According to Florida statutory law, relocation means “a change in the location of the principal residence of a parent or other person from his or her principal place of residence at the time of the last order establishing or modifying time-sharing, or at the time of filing the pending action to establish or modify time-sharing. The change of location must be at least 50 miles from that residence, and for at least 60 consecutive days not including a temporary absence from the principal residence for purposes of vacation, education, or the provision of health care for the child.”

See: Florida Statute 61.13001

Please note, according to Florida case law, timing is critical when it comes to contesting or objection to a child’s relocation under the Florida statute 61.13001:

Based on section 61.13001(1)(e) and …., the mother is correct in arguing that if she had already moved to Louisiana prior to the father’s filing of the petition to determine paternity or any order establishing or modifying time-sharing, then she is not subject to the relocation statute.

See: Essex v. Davis, 116 So. 3d 445 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012).



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