There is no presumption in favor of or against a request to relocate with a child when the relocation will “materially affect” the current time-sharing, access and contact with the other parent or other persons entitled to contact and access.
The relocating parent has the initial burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that relocation is in the best interest of the child.
If that burden is met, the burden of proof shifts to the nonrelocating parent to show that the relocation is not in the child’s best interest.
If relocation is permitted, the court may order contact with the nonrelocating parent including access, time-sharing, telephone, internet, webcam, and other arrangements sufficient to ensure that the child has frequent, continuing and meaningful contact with the nonrelocating parent, if contact is financially affordable and in the best interest of the child.
The court may also specify how transportation costs are to be allocated and may adjust the child support award accordingly.
Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping mothers and fathers with child custody for over 30 years in the Tampa area.
We have also been committed to protecting children’s best interests while helping to advocate for their parent’s rights.
If you are having any child custody issues such as relocation, determining parental responsibility, time-sharing problems, or any other custody issue that may be causing an unhealthy situation for your child, or negatively affecting your parental rights, we are here to help you.
To schedule a child custody consultation with Gary Dolgin, give us a call at (813) 999-2772, and it will be our pleasure to help you.
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