It is no secret that family law courts are often biased against men, especially when it comes to child custody. Slowly but surely, there is starting to be a shift in the system. Florida family courts are recognizing the importance of fathers being involved with their children. Men are even being awarded alimony more than ever before. Regardless of this reassuring shift, a bias is still present and many men find themselves in what seems like an uphill battle with their cases. If you are going through a divorce or custody battle, it is important to know your rights and develop the best strategies for your situation.
Custody and relocation battles are very prevalent in Florida’s family courtrooms. Relocation, or a change of residence, is the relocation of a child to a principal residence more than 50 miles away from the child’s address at the time of the request. If a parent wants to move a child less than 50 miles away from the nonresidential parent, a request for relocation is not necessary. Luckily for all parties involved, the courts are time sensitive to relocation cases. Once a temporary relocation is requested, the courts must hear the case within 30 days of the request being filed. If you are on a time crunch to move, you may be better off filing for temporary relocation first.