Do you share custody of your child(ren), and one of you wants to move out of state and take the child(ren)?
Because of the varied high level jobs held by many divorced couples in Round Rock, Georgetown and Cedar Park, we see many instances of custodial parents who need to move. Child custody issues are complex enough in the divorce process. Then, if a parent desires to move away with the children it can become even more complicated.
In Texas, the custodial parent should provide the non-custodial parent with notice that they will be moving the child's residence. Once the non-custodial parent receives this notice, they have to decide whether they should contest the move. The parents can either come to a new agreement or if an agreement can’t be reached, then the Williamson County Court will hear the case and make decisions for you.
The court is going to base its decision on “what’s in the best interest of the child.” Just because the custodial parent wants to move does not necessarily mean that it’s going to be allowed. Here are some of the factors the court will consider in your case:
How committed the non-custodial parent is to maintaining their relationship with the children
Effect of move on the non-custodial parent’s relationship with the children
Effect of move on extended family relationships
Workable visitation schedule
The age and maturity of the children
The reason for the move
Will any of the children’s special needs and/or talents be accommodated in the new location
Will the move be in the best interest of the children
The best piece of advice I can give you is if you are considering moving out of the area with the children or when you find out that your ex-spouse is planning to move… Call Texas family lawyer Daniel A Clark, PLLC so he can immediately start the process to put you in the best position to argue your case. He will put together the best strategies to secure the best interest of you and your children.
DANIEL A. CLARK, PLLC is an experienced and aggressive divorce and child custody attorney in Round Rock. Setup a free initial consultation today by calling (512) 673-3589 or by filling out the form on this page.