When a custodial parent wants to relocate, the state of Texas views that seriously. Judges and lawyers know that children do better when more adults are involved in their lives. The more support a child has in their life, the better. So when a custodial parent suggests they would like to move children out of state, the court will want to know why.
The question of custody
Custody is often the hardest-fought aspect of a divorce. Most parents love their children and want to spend as much time as possible with them. Often, when one parent gets custody, the other will receive generous visitation rights. But if the custodial parent is seeking to leave the state, that can jeopardize things like regular weekend visits.
Making a move
When it comes to custody, family law is all about what is best for the children. When there is a good reason for a custodial parent to relocate, the judge may view it as favorable for the children. Examples of this can include a parent moving for a promotion or a parent moving to be closer to their parents.
However, it can be difficult to modify a custody order within the first year after it’s been issued. Part of doing what’s best for the child is keeping their environment as stable as possible. It’s also important for parents to be familiar with the language in their divorce documents, including the decree itself and any parenting plans.
In some cases, these documents will have specific language about relocation. For example, sometimes one parent will need to notify the other parent and the court within 60 days of any proposed relocation. As always, it’s important to communicate clearly with your attorney about these issues.