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Child Custody – How Out of State Moves Affect Your Rights

On behalf of Powell Law Offices, P.C. posted in child custody on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Child Custody: How out of State Moves Affect Your Rights

Relocation to a new state may bring new job prospects, closer proximity to family, and a fresh start following divorce or separation. Unfortunately, it can also be complicated when moving a child away from another parent.

While it is best to negotiate and agree to long-distance visitation schedules and travel funding arrangements through your family law attorney, a judge may also decide if necessary. Texas courts are generally hesitant to approve relocation of a child over 100 miles away from a parent. However, if a request for relocation is made, the court will consider the following, among other factors, in its determination of what is best for the child and whether a request to relocate a child should be approved:

  • Child’s current relationship with the non-custodial parent
  • Difficulty or ease of maintaining the relationship with the non-custodial parent, including distance and travel expenses
  • Effect of a move on the child
  • Reasons for the relocation, including new/better employment, better environment, family ties, mental and physical health of the custodial parent, etc.

I Want to Move Outside of Texas With my Child. What Should I do?

Contact an experienced family law attorney to make sure enough notice is given to the other parent under Texas law. She can help evaluate your case, identify your visitation priorities, and start the negotiation process with the other parent or their attorney to ensure court approval prior to your planned move.

My Ex Wants to Relocate to Another State With my Child. What are my Rights?

There are various options available to you. Contact an experienced family law attorney at Powell Law Offices, P.C. today at (972) 584-9382 to evaluate your situation and determine the best course of action to protect your rights.

Contact Powell Law Offices, P.C. today at (972) 584-9382 to set up your initial consultation with an experienced child custody attorney.

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