Representing Parents On Both Sides Of Relocation Disputes
In today’s mobile society, people move more frequently than ever. Job opportunities, extended family and school are just a few of the reasons people relocate. If you are divorced or your nonmarital relationship ends in separation, you may wish to move. However, if you and your former partner have minor children together, relocating becomes more complicated and sometimes is not possible.
Texas family law statutes strive to allow both parents maintain “frequent and continuing contact” with their children, as long as each parent is able to provide a healthy and stable environment. If you wish to move with your child to another city or out of state, you must notify your child’s other parent and may have to petition the court for the right to move.
In Texas, a parent may request that a dispute regarding relocation be decided by a judge or a jury. We represent parents on both sides of relocation disputes. Call 469-269-0134 to schedule a consultation.
The experienced family law attorneys at Mackoy, Hernandez, Qualls, Jones and Woods LLP represent parents who want to relocate with a child as well as parents who wish to prevent their child’s other parent from relocating.
Is A Move Possible?
As with all family law matters, if you and your child’s other parent can reach agreement on relocation, it will likely be approved. If there is disagreement, the court considers a number of factors to determine what is in the child’s best interest. These include:
- Whether the relocation will interfere with the parenting time of the parent who is not moving
- How involved the parent who is not moving has been in the child’s life
- Whether the parent seeking to relocate is doing so to be vindictive
- Whether the parent is seeking to move to accommodate a new job, spouse or other reason that is greater than a general desire to relocate
- Whether the parent who is seeking to relocate is doing so to enhance economic, emotional or educational conditions
- The cost of travel expenses to maintain the relationship between the child and the parent who is not moving
- Whether special needs are accommodated for the child as a result of the move
Whether You Wish To Move Or Prevent A Move, We Can Help
Our lawyers are experienced litigators who appear in family courts and we understand what factors tend to produce the results our clients seek. Our reputation as effective litigators allows us to negotiate from a position of strength and frequently reach agreement without the need to litigate.
Call or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation. We will review the facts of your case and provide a candid assessment of what you can expect.