Protecting the Rights of Out-of-State Divorced Parents
As a divorced parent, Florida law recognizes your right to have a meaningful relationship with your children, no matter where you live. Here at Lewert Law Offices in Boca Raton, Florida, we have helped many divorced parents modify parenting plans and child visitation schedules, so that you and your child can spend quality time together.
Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation at our Boca Raton law offices. Call 561-948-3419 or contact us via e-mail. Free telephone consultations are also available.
Protecting your Rights as a Parent
Attorney Tina L. Lewert is a Florida board certified family law attorney, experienced in bringing custody issues to trial, as well as settling in mediation and/or through negotiation. Her goal is to create a positive outcome for you and your children.
Your Rights under UCCJEA
Many divorced spouses move out of state after a divorce to start fresh. If you relocate to a different jurisdiction, you still have the right to see your children, and be an important part of their lives. Most states have adopted The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act or UCCJEA, excluding Massachusetts and Vermont. Generally, under the UCCJEA, the state in which the child or children reside for at least 6 months previously has jurisdiction to initially decide child custody issues. If these conditions cannot be met, jurisdiction then belongs to the state where the child and 1 parent have "significant connections" such as blood relatives or previous residency. Different rules may apply if you seek to modify or enforce a custody order after the divorce judgment and one or both parties have moved to a different state.
Here at Lewert Law Offices, P.A., we understand that you want to obtain a result that promotes the best interests of your children, while protecting your rights to parenting and visitation. If a parent relocates out of state, this may mean it is necessary to factor in the extra costs of air travel and related expenses associated with timesharing, warranting a modification of child support.
Making Your Life Easier
It is challenging, though not impossible, to parent from far away, and even more difficult when children need to travel in order to visit you. In drafting the new parenting plan, we may suggest you spell out future travel arrangements and custody handoffs in order to avoid future conflicts with your former spouse.
You do not lose your parenting rights when you move to a different jurisdiction. Please contact our Boca Raton law offices for a confidential consultation with lawyer Tina L. Lewert about your rights as an out-of-state parent.