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5 common reasons a court grants parental relocation requests

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Family Law |

It is rarely an easy decision for a parent when they consider moving with a child to a new location. Courts, too, must carefully consider various factors before granting such requests.

The best interests of the child are a top priority in Florida, and courts may grant parental relocation requests in some cases.

1. New job opportunities

Children make up about 15.6% of the population in Daytona Beach. However, a new job somewhere else could promise improved financial stability for a parent and child. In such circumstances, courts may view such a move favorably. Demonstrating that the relocation will enhance the family’s overall well-being is important in such cases.

2. Educational advantages

Another common reason for granting parental relocation requests is the pursuit of better educational opportunities for the child. For example, perhaps the new location offers superior schooling options, specialized programs or educational resources that could significantly benefit the child’s academic and personal development.

3. Family support system

Courts also consider the presence of a supportive family network in the relocation destination. The move may allow the child to be closer to extended family members, such as grandparents, aunts or uncles. If they can provide emotional, financial and practical support, it may benefit the child’s overall well-being.

4. Health and safety considerations

When a parent can demonstrate that the relocation is necessary to ensure the health and safety of the child, courts are more likely to grant the request. This may include situations where the current environment poses risks to the child’s physical or emotional well-being. Examples include exposure to domestic violence, substance abuse or inadequate living conditions.

5. Quality of life improvements

Courts may consider the potential for overall improvements in the quality of life for both the parent and the child in the new location. Factors such as access to recreational activities, cultural opportunities, healthcare facilities, and a supportive community environment can weigh in favor of granting the relocation request.

Whether you are a parent seeking to move or a parent who wants your child to stay in the same area as you, understanding these factors can help with the approach you take.