In Florida, unless your final judgment specifically says that your sole parental responsibility authority includes choosing the child's residence (not common), the decision-making part of parental responsibility has nothing to do with whether you must follow the relocation procedure in Florida.
That's because in Florida divorce and paternity cases, there are two aspects of what people usually call "custody." The first is what we now call "timesharing" - who is entitled to spend which days or weeks with the children. The second part of Florida custody law is called parental responsibility.
Parental responsibility has to do with how parents make decisions about day-to-day child activities as well as major decisions in such areas as surgery, driving privileges and the like. In Florida, courts award shared parental responsibility unless one parent is detrimental to the children. In cases where the judge finds that detriment exists, she can award sole parental responsibility. Sole parental responsibility means that one parent has the authority to make child-related decisions without consulting the other parent.
What triggers the procedures of Florida's child relocation law, Florida Statute 61.13001, is whether there is anyone entitled to timesharing. If the other parent is entitled to exercise timesharing, the procedures of Florida's child relocation law must be followed if the child will move more than 50 miles away.
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