There are many reasons why a parent may move away and begin a new life once a divorce is final. For example, a stay-at-home wife who never received a college decree may decide to go back to school in a different state after her divorce. Unfortunately, relocating after a divorce can cause a host of complex child custody and other matters to arise. These matters are usually extremely delicate in nature, and it is wise to seek legal representation from a lawyer who can help sort out any upset or violation of agreements. ┬áThe primary reason why child relocation issues become complicated is because more than one state is involved. In order for a parent to relocate to another state with a child, he or she must file a motion to modify with the family court. Texas courts prefer children to have regular and consistent contact with both parents, and the court will determine whether or not the relocation is in the best interests of the child. This may require a child custody modification. ┬áThe parent that is relocating with or without the child may be granted visitation or custody rights accordingly. If the court believes that the child will be harmed by minimal visitation or relocation altogether, it may not be permitted without modification. Parental relocation is handled on a case-by-case basis, and the child’s preference, benefit, and amount of contact he or she will have with the other parent are all factors which will be taken into consideration.


If you are facing relocation issues, whether you are a parent that wants to relocate with your child or a parent that wishes their child to remain local, please speak with us. The child’s best interests are always our main concern, and we have 20 years of experience in divorce and family law. Our goal is to provide you with solutions in the least amount of time possible. Your child deserves to live a normal stress-free life and so do you, so call our firm today.