Parents often seek to relocate when they remarry, take a new job, or must care for family members. However, moving a family post-divorce is not as simple as loading up a truck and hitting the road. While there are numerous reasons why a move may be appropriate, Texas courts apply strict guidelines when considering the relocation of a child. It is common for a court to restrict parent’s residence to a particular geographic area upon divorce, generally neighboring cities or counties. To relocate outside of designated areas, a parent must show good reason as to why a move is necessary for the wellbeing of their family.
In determining post-divorce agreements as well as modifications which directly affect children, a court will follow the standard of what is in the best interest of the child. A judge will favor terms which see that a child has frequent contact with both parents and that empower both spouses to share parental responsibilities. An approval of a new residence may require the establishment of new terms regarding child care, visitation, or custody.
Factors which a judge may consider when determining issues of child relocation include:
- Educational opportunities for the child before and after the move
- How a move will affect a child’s relationship with other family members
- The reasons for which a move is requested
- Disputes brought against the move by the other parent
- How a move will affect the parent’s ability to provide care for the child
The courts understand that each family has a different story and will look at every situation on a case by case basis. Meeting requirements on paper will not guarantee that your request for relocation will be granted. Conversely, simply because your situation differs from what a court is looking for does not negate your chances for approval. An experienced family law attorney can help you better understand the likely outcome of your case and answer your questions regarding relocation with children.
Compassionate Family Law Attorneys
If the prospect of relocation is around the corner for your family, securing the right advocates can make a critical difference in your ability to reach your goals. At the Springer Law Firm PLLC, we believe that the best legal service comes from putting a client’s needs first. When you work with us, you will never be just a number in a computer system or a file on a desk. Our Katy divorce attorneys can work with you individually to tailor a legal strategy to your unique situation. Secure the services of our firm and get legal representation that is backed by more than 65 years of shared experience.
Questions about your post-divorce relocation? Call (281) 940-3244 to request a confidential consultation and get the answers you need.