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Relocation Attorney in Fort Myers, FL

Planning to Relocate? You Need a Trusted Lawyer on Your Side.

A woman holding luggage and walking with a young girl in an airport.Parents who have custody of their children must submit a notice of relocation if they wish to move more than 50 miles away from their current residence, and the other parent does not consent. If you plan to relocate, or have been served a notice of relocation, you will need the help of an attorney to protect your rights and advocate for your child's welfare.

At Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A., we are committed to pursuing the best possible outcome from your situation. When you hire our firm, we will never pass your case off to a paralegal or other assistant, so you can be confident in the professionalism of the legal counsel you will find at our firm.

We are here to advocate for your rights. Contact our Fort Myers relocation lawyer today! We offer services in Spanish!

What should I do if my relocation has been challenged?

If you relocation request has been challenged, you will need to demonstrate that the relocation is in the best interest of your child. For example, a better job likely means:

  • More stable financial situation
  • Ability to upgrade your living arrangements
  • More quality educational opportunities
  • Improved medical care

In other situations, relocating can allow you to live closer to family and friends, giving your child a more supportive, community-oriented environment. Our firm can help you use these factors to prove that the change really in the best interests of the child.

How can I challenge a relocation for my child?

The non-custodial parent has 20 days after receiving the notice to contest it in writing and file it with the court. A family law judge puts the best interests of the child above the desires of the parents, so you can use that to your advantage if you choose to challenge a relocation. For example, the relocation may take your child out of a loving and supportive community. As the other parent, you and your lawyer will need to collect as much financial, medical, emotional, and educational evidence as to why the relocation will not be in the best interests of the child.

The court will be required to evaluate all of the following factors:

  • The relationship between the child and both of their parents
  • The relationship between the child and all important persons in their life
    • (Siblings, half-siblings, grandparents, etc.)
  • The child's age and developmental stage, as well as their needs
  • The feasibility of preserving the child's relationship with the non-relocating parent
  • The impact that the relocation will have on the child's development
  • The child's preference (considering their age and maturity)
  • Whether or not the relocation will enhance the child's quality of life
  • The current employment and economic situation of each parent
  • Any history of substance abuse or domestic violence

We can protect your parental rights in Fort Myers.

When you hire our firm, we will work with experts including child psychologists, financial planners, educators, and other professionals to explore how a relocation will impact your child's life. We will use this evidence to create the best case possible to protect your parental rights and ensure your child is safe, happy and living a life of hope and promise.

Contact us right away to request a free case evaluation online. Se habla español.

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • Diana Castrillon
    Diana Castrillon Attorney
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

  • Diana Castrillon Attorney
    Diana Castrillon

    Ms. Castrillon has been in practice for over 19 years in the State of Florida. Diana started her practice as a defense attorney representing insurance companies, and for the last 17 years, Ms. Castrillon has been representing only injured workers in Workers’ Compensation cases. READ MORE

How We're Different:

  • Dedicated & caring service
  • Over 70 years' combined experience
  • One-on-one attention
  • Customized strategies
  • Accessible - 24 hour response time
  • El abogado habla español