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Child Custody in Sarasota

Helping Couples Protect their Children during Conflict

Parents are important in a child’s life. When changes such as a new job opportunity or a change in family arrangements occur, one parent may need to move. In cases where that move is greater than 50 miles away, the parent must obtain permission from the court by proving that the move is in the best interest of the child, rather than just as retaliation against the other parent. For a free consultation about child custody and relocation, call Kowtko Law Group. Our team helps parents fight for their interests.

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Proving the Validity of Relocation

If a move is required, the relocating custodial parent must prove that the move is in the child's best interest, and the other parent will also have an opportunity to present evidence and testimony against that claim.

For a better chance at a successful petition for relocation, a parent should:

  • Give as much time as possible to the non-moving parent
  • Furnish all information regarding where the child will be staying should the court permit the move
  • Ensure the child has open communication with the other parent
  • Be ready to accept the full burden of transportation to/from the other parent if necessary
  • Make sure the other parent's relationship is not negatively affected by the move

Contesting a Request to Relocate

It may be that the relocation is not in the best interests of the child. As each relocation is drastically different, each one warrants a thorough and detailed investigation into the surrounding motives. With our clients, we investigate the relocation to determine its validity. The court is required to follow the factors set out by the Legislature in Florida Statute 61.13001.

Our office looks into factors such as the:

  • Quality of the school system where the child would relocate
  • Medical ratio and quality of medical care in the area
  • Crime in the neighborhood and the surrounding areas of the new residence
  • Amount of time the non-relocating parent will lose, if any, after the move
  • Costs associated with transporting the child for time-sharing
  • Extended family in the child's current location compared to the new location

Each of these factors is important in a relocation case. Kowtko Law Group has experience in presenting these factors to a judge to ensure that the relocation is truly in the best interest of your child. Contact our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your rights with your child.

Temporary Relocation Orders

While a Petition for Relocation hearing can take up to 90 days to be scheduled, a temporary order may be possible within 30 days. Whether a parent is requesting a relocation or defending against one, our office may be able to help.

If you have already been served a Notice of Intent to Relocate, Petition for Relocation, or the other party has requested that you permit them to relocate, it is crucial that you contact an attorney immediately as your time to respond and oppose the relocation is limited.

Call (941) 208-9332 now for more information about your Sarasota child custody case.

Why You Should Hire Us

  • Innovative Representation

    A cookie cutter approach to legal matters is never in the best interest of the client. At Kowtko Law Group, we access every case with outside-the-box thinking to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

  • Customized Case Strategy

    No case is the same. Therefore, our team is dedicated to getting to know you and the unique details of your case in order to formulate a customized case strategy that fits your personal and financial needs.

  • Courtroom Ready

    In the event that your case must be brought in front of a judge, you can rest assured that our team has the experience and track record of aggressively litigating in the courtroom.

  • Cost-Effective Legal Fees

    We understand legal issues that involve family matters can be emotionally taxing. We're not looking to add to that burden; therefore, we offer payment plans for those who need financial help.