It's sound like you have solid reasons to request an order allowing relocation with your children. You would begin the process by filing a Petition to Permit Relocation with Minor Children (“Petition”). The Petition requires:
a) Address and phone number of the new residence.
b) The date of the proposed relocation.
c) A detailed statement providing the reason for the relocation.
d) A proposed relocation time-sharing schedule that includes logistical issues, such a travel arrangements.
e) Clear notice to the other parent that they must object to the Petition with 20 days after service of the Petition.
Here are some of the factors a court will consider when ruling on a Petition:
a) The nature, quality and extent of the child(ren)’s involvement with the parents, family and other persons in the child(ren)’s life.
b) The age and development stage of the child(ren), including any disabilities.
c) The child(ren)’s preference.
d) Will the relocation enhance the quality of life of the child(ren) and parent.
e) The reason for the relocation, including whether or not the parent seeking or opposing the relocation is doing so in good faith.
It would be wise to consult with an attorney in S. Fla. before moving forward with a Petition
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You may also want to consider mediation. It is likely to be required by the court in any case, and if you think there is any way that your ex could be persuaded to agree if he felt that his relationship with his children could continue to be strong, then it would allow the two of you to have more control over the outcome.
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I agree with my colleagues' responses. A petition for relocation is usually a highly contested issue. You should contact a local family law attorney.
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A motion for relocation is the correct option as previously stated by my colleagues. While it is hotly contested for obvious reasons, it has become a more viable alternative than in the past. Off course you should retain private counsel for said issue.
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