New York Mother and Father have a child together.
Mother and Father, if married, divorce, or, if unmarried, just go their own separate ways.
Then Father relocates to South Florida.
Afterwards, Mother serves Father in a New York action for child support, or enforcement of child support. (Or alimony, or enforcement of alimony, or enforcement of property division agreement or judgment, or enforcement of parenting plan or judgment, etc., etc.)
Living in South Florida now, Father visits a local South Florida divorce lawyer and South Florida family law attorney for help with his defense in this case.
Only, Father is surprised to learn, his local South Florida divorce lawyer and South Florida family law attorney won’t – can’t – help him.
Mother’s case is a New York family law case, not a Florida family court case.
And only an attorney licensed to practice law in New York and admitted to practice law in New York may appear and represent a party in a New York family law court case.
That means Father needs a New York divorce lawyer and New York family law attorney (or New York child support lawyer or New York alimony attorney or New York child custody attorney) and so on.
At first blush, it probably sounds like this could get pretty inconvenient and expensive for Father to identify and consult with a New York attorney. And it could.
But it doesn’t have to … Because a New York attorney doesn’t have to be based in New York.
She might have an office right down the street here in South Florida. As I do.
If Father is lucky, his local South Florida divorce lawyer and South Florida family law attorney may refer him to a New York divorce lawyer and New York family law attorney who is located here in South Florida.
But, if not, Father should be able to locate one on his own, now that he knows what he’s looking for.
Needless to say, the above would also apply if Mother was the ex-spouse or parent who had relocated to Florida, instead of Father.
And the same rationale applies for any other state an ex-spouse or parent may have relocated from. New York is just an excellent illustration of the principle, because there are so many transplanted New Yorkers here in South Florida.