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In today’s mobile society, parents may need to move because of new employment, a new marriage or military orders. Whatever the reason, relocation statute must be considered and followed. At The Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A., we have a thorough understanding of the regulations and legal precedent governing interstate custody and relocation. We understand that every family’s situation is unique, and we work with you to develop a strategy to achieve the resolution that fits your family.

Uniform interstate custody and parental relocation laws

When one parent relocates to another state, custody and jurisdiction to modify is governed by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). The UCCJEA was established to avoid jurisdictional wrangling among states and to prevent parents from forum shopping for a state with favorable custody or child support laws. The uniform law governs interstate and international custody as well as relocation issues, and limits the jurisdiction of custody matters to one state.

In some cases, children must be placed with someone other than the parents. Those cases may be governed by the International Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). The ICPC outlines procedures for child placement and fixes responsibility for making placement decisions. We help you understand the interplay between various laws and court decisions and their application to your situation.

Does Florida still have jurisdiction in my custody case?

Generally, Florida courts retain jurisdiction if one parent still lives here. Depending on your situation, other courts may be an option for seeking or modifying custody. When we meet with you, we discuss the facts of your situation and explore your available options.

What if I oppose the relocation of my child to another state?

Relocating without following the proper legal process can amount to parental child abduction. It is important to have a Miami child custody lawyer working with you to protect your rights and to secure court permission if necessary before you relocate.

After a parent is served with a notice of the proposed relocation, there is limited time to respond. If you oppose the relocation, you must file a formal objection. If parents can’t agree on the relocation, they must proceed to trial and the case is decided by a judge. Whether you are seeking permission to relocate or objecting to relocation, you can rely on our extensive experience in these cases and a dedicated interstate family law attorney to fight for you.

Call a Miami child custody and relocation lawyer for guidance

Whether you are seeking or opposing relocation, select a divorce attorney experienced in interstate child custody and relocation issues. The Law Offices of Lawrence S. Katz, P.A. works diligently for you. Contact us at 305-670-8656 or online to schedule a consultation. We serve clients abroad and throughout South Florida and the United States with compassion and determination. Se habla español.

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Lawrence S. Katz

For many years, Lawrence S. Katz has helped clients in Florida, throughout the United States and abroad. He has earned an excellent worldwide reputation for providing knowledgeable, quality representation in family law matters.

Client Reviews
  • "Attorney Katz has a keen sense for understanding the overall situation and immediately formulating an action plan. He is direct, succinct and effective. I highly recommend Attorney Katz for his experience, integrity and results!" - Vivian

  • "Mr. Katz is the best divorce lawyer in the Miami area. Very knowledgeable and experienced. We had a difficult case and he delivered impressive result. His assistant Fanny it is a great asset to that office as well." - Georgette

  • "My case was a complex one and Mr. Katz provided me with a course of action that led to a favorable outcome. He is clearly knowledgeable and experienced but he is also very prompt. He is always available to answer questions via email, Skype or phone. As an overseas client this was very important to me. I would definitely recommend Mr. Katz especially for international divorce and custody cases." - Anonymous

  • "I am extremely grateful to have had Larry represent me. In International Family Law I would say he has few, if any, equals." - Anonymous

  • "This divorce lawyer is excellent, charismatic, professional, and cares about the customer. I gave a case to him that it was impossible to solve, and he did solved the problem like it was very simple. He was always in touch and answering all my questions, either by phone or by email." - Manjit

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