Foley, AL asked in Family Law for Florida

Q: Change of Venue

I was awarded primary custody 2019 and the child has resided in Florida from Feb 2019 to present the other parent moved away from the jurisdiction a month later and has moved back to that state a month ago and is trying t transfer venue to a city that the child doesn't reside. I have tried to motion Norfolk court for a change to Florida and was told I needed to file in Florida I tried to file and was told they can't take jurisdiction from VA and I would have to contact Norfolk again. I'm at a loss right now

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Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
Answered
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You need to go to court where the child has lived for the past six months. You do not mention whether the move to Florida is permanent. This can be a complex issue so you should look for a local family lawyer for a consultation based on more specific facts.

Bruce Alexander Minnick and Terrence H Thorgaard agree with this answer

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
Answered
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: As Mr. Lieber has indicated, this matter can be complex. It involves the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which is the law in Florida, Virginia, and almost all other states. See:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0000-0099/0061/0061PartIIContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2020&Title=%2D%3E2020%2D%3EChapter%2061%2D%3EPart%20II

Bruce Alexander Minnick agrees with this answer

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