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Can a parent relocate after a Texas divorce?

When a Texas couple gets divorced, there are many different things that need to be worked out. These include dividing property, spousal support and child support. After a divorce, many times one of the spouses wants to move away, especially for a new job. But, child custody arrangements may make it hard for a person to relocate in a collaborate law agreement.

In Texas, many child custody arrangements are created as a joint custody arrangement. In these arrangements, both parents share equal amounts of time with their children. Within this agreement, it often stipulates that the parents need to remain within a certain town or county. When this is listed in a child custody agreement, one parent cannot move into another county or state without permission. If they want to move to another area, they must seek a court order to change the custody agreement. If the custody agreement does not restrict where a parent lives, and one parent wants to move, the other parent may go to court and challenge that move.

An attorney who is skilled in family law can help their client work within the law to update their child custody agreement to move out of county or state. Or they can help a client keep their child within the state or county. An attorney has the skills and resources necessary to advise their clients on their custody issues and make sure their best interests and their child's best interests are the top priority. These can be complicated matters in a divorce agreement, and often parents don't know where to turn to get help. Often an attorney can help the parents work together to talk through issues and agree on a plan that works for all parties involved.

A divorce is a highly emotional time for a family. Working out the many agreements can be complicated, and after they are completed, life happens and things change. Working out a child custody agreement that involves one parent moving may require the help of a skilled attorney.

Source: findlaw.com, "Child custody relocation laws", accessed on Sept. 11, 2016

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