I would first like to point out that you need not represent yourself because your ex attorney no longer practices family law. I am sure that he was not the only qualified family law attorney in all of Los Angeles.
In any event, even if the move to Florida will not impact the other party's visitation schedule, she does have joint legal custody (which includes a say in the selection of the children's school and many other issues).
You would therefore need to file a motion with the court, requesting permission to move-away. However, before I give you the names and numbers of the "forms", i would suggest that you communicate with the mother. Since it is not impacting her visitation, you might find that she would agree to your move-away and you would only need to prepare a Stipulated Order on that issue with the Court. There is really no point in causing unnecessary court congestion if the matter can be agreed to without filing such a motion and having a hearing on the issue.
I have been answering many questions on AVVO and giving my opinion of what will occur if a matter went before a judicial officer based upon the facts as I understand them. However, I want to point out that such an opinion is based upon many factors, not the least of which is that the party have an experienced family law attorney representing them on the matter. If facts and issues of law are not properly placed before the court, the results could be very different than otherwise expected.
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I agree with Mr. Baer. If could resolve the issue with you ex, aside from court congestion, you would save money on attorney fees and most importantly you sanity by not getting involved in a court battle.
Paris Kalor, Esq.
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