Child Relocation – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

In a child relocation proceeding, when a parent violates a pretrial order addressing the removal of the child from the jurisdiction of the court, it is well within the discretion of the trial court to award sole responsibility to the parent who is properly before the court and compliant with the orders of that court. “Claudia Herrera-Frias appeals the judgment of dissolution of her marriage to Jesus Frias…She also challenges the trial court’s decision to award her husband sole parental responsibility for the three children of the marriage while giving her limited contact with the children…

The record in this case does not contain a transcript of the final hearing. As a result, we do not know what evidence the trial court considered when making its decision. We gave Ms. Herrera-Frias an opportunity to provide this court with a transcript, but she has failed to provide a transcript. It appears likely that neither party arranged for that hearing to be recorded. The record reflects that Ms. Herrera-Frias has not complied with the judgment on appeal. Prior to the entry of the final judgment, she willfully disobeyed a court order, fleeing to Mexico with her three children. She has not returned the children to the United States, despite the fact that at least one of the children is a United States citizen. This court presumably had the authority to dismiss this appeal because of her noncompliance. See Gazil v. Gazil, 343 So. 2d 595 (Fla. 1977). We have not dismissed the appeal because we are aware that proceedings are pending in Mexico seeking the return of these children to the United States and we want that court to have confidence that this court has accorded a full measure of due process to Ms. Herrera-Frias…Concerning child custody and child support, again our review is hampered by Ms. Herrera-Frias’s failure to take the steps necessary to provide a record to this court.’ Under Florida law, it was her responsibility to take those steps if she wished to challenge a decision by the trial court that was dependent upon the evidence and arguments before that court. See Fla. R. App. P. 9.200(e); Carney v. Carney, 861 So. 2d 1272 (Fla. 1st DCA 2003). When a parent is in willful violation of a pretrial order addressing the removal of the children from the jurisdiction of the court, it is well within the discretion of the trial court to award sole responsibility to the parent who is properly before the court and compliant with the orders of that court.”

To speak with a Florida child custody relocation attorney about child relocation, contact Matthew Lane & Associates, P.A. at (561) 651-7273. 

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