Moving out of state can be stressful, particularly for custodial parents who want to bring their children along. Here are 5 tips for custodial parents, referred to as conservators in Texas, who are considering a move to another state.
Do Not Move Out Of State Without Following The Proper Steps
Moving out of state without notifying the other parent and getting approval from the court puts you at risk of allegations of parental kidnapping. You could be in violation of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA). Not only could you jeopardize your relationship with your child, you could be charged criminally.
Make Sure You File The Correct Forms With The Court
Even if you have reached agreements with the other parent regarding the relocation, you need to formalize them with the court. This protects you in the event the other spouse changes his or her mind, or if any of the agreements were unclear. If you and the other parent have not reached an agreement, the court will need to decide on your case.
Give Enough Notice To The Noncustodial Parent
The law requires you to give the other parent at least 60 days notice that you will be moving to another state. The earlier you provide notice and begin the process the better, as child custody disputes can take time to resolve if they arise.
Verify Which State Has Jurisdiction
Each state has different laws pertaining to child custody and move-aways. You need to make certain your case is handled in the correct state. If you, the other parent and your child are lifelong Texas residents, this may not be an issue. However, if there have been moves in the past, it is important to verify which state has jurisdiction. This will be determined by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA).
Make Sure You Adhere To New Child Custody Arrangements
Once you have moved, it can be easy to let new child custody arrangements slip. Make sure your child is on time for scheduled Skype sessions and phone calls with the other parent. Make certain trips for your child to visit the other parent are planned well ahead of time. Punctuality and preparation can go a long way toward avoiding conflicts.
Are you considering moving out of Texas with your child? Do you want to move to Texas with your child? At Weinman & Associates, our attorneys can guide you through the steps you need to take to relocate to another state with your child. Contact us today.