Divorced Florida parents sometimes decide to move to a new location in order to get a fresh start. However, there are certain requirements that a custodial parent must meet before relocating with a child, especially if the new location is out of state.
The custodial parent will likely need to provide the court with what may be called a "good faith" reason for the relocation. Such a reason may become even more important if the move will disrupt the child's daily routine, remove them from their current school or disrupt their emotional or social stability. Acceptable reasons often can include a new job offer, moving closer to family members and if the cost of living is better. However, it should be noted that the court may take the noncustodial parent's wishes into consideration.