Child relocations in Texas often require court’s permission

Despite the end of a couple's relationship, both parents generally want to remain involved in the child's life. Both sides may try to resolve these child custody issues by agreement, but if they are unable to do so, the court will make a decision that is in the child's best interests.

These orders will typically state that the child will live with one of the parents in a specified geographical location, with the other receiving parenting time. However, these arrangements are often based upon the conditions that exist at the time the order was made. If the parent with primary custody of the child needs to relocate, he or she will have to petition the court before moving the child or risk the other parent seeking court intervention and repercussions for disobeying the court's orders.

There are many factors that the court will consider before deciding whether to approve the parent's request to relocate. These include the emotional and physical needs of the child, the impact of the move, the environment after the move, as well as the ability of the non-custodial parent to remain involved in the child's life. If the child is mature enough to express his or her wishes regarding the relocation, this can also factor into the court's decision.

Many of these requests are made because the parent or the parent's new spouse obtains employment in a new location. With the economy struggling to rebound, those struggling to find work have had to expand their job searches. Courts will consider the potential reason for the move, and if it is believed that the relocation will benefit the child, might lead to an approval of the request.

Child custody matters are often the most contentious issues arising when a relationship or marriage ends. The fighting between the parties can take a significant emotional toll on everyone involved. One parent may simply agree to the other's wishes just to put the matter to rest, and these decisions can be impossible to change in the future.

If you have questions about a child custody matter, speak to an experienced family law attorney about your situation. Each case is different, and it is important to work with an attorney who understands your goals. Helping you develop a plan can allow you to work toward an agreement that will allow your family to move forward.