During or after a Florida divorce, there is a special procedure when a parent wants to relocate the children. The child relocation procedure is found at Florida Statute 61.13001. Florida's latest legislative changes to the relocation procedure took effect on October 1, 2009.
In this continuing series, we look at the change to how the non-moving parent is notified about the relocation request.
In the past, the relocation notification was a letter sent by certified mail. The new procedure requires that the parent seeking to relocate the children file a Petition for Relocation with the court and serve the petition on the non-moving parent.
There are 2 ways to serve the Petition to Relocate:
- It can be served by the sheriff's office (or certified process server) or
- It can be sent by certified mail with restricted delivery, return receipt
Just like service of the divorce petition, these methods of service can be waived by written agreement of the parents.
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