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Relocation laws and child custody

Child custody agreements are often set on a base that is built with distrust, hurt feelings and general negativity. This in itself makes custody arrangements that are outlined in the state of Texas difficult to set into place. Divorce cases often end in the courtroom, where a judge decides which parent while have what responsibilities. After a child custody arrangement has been created, a spouse deciding to relocate with the child could spark a bitter relocation dispute.

When it comes to divorce and custody arrangements, the interests and well-being of the child are kept as the top priority. Requiring a child to relocate after a divorce could add a significant amount of stress into their life. It may also force the child to maintain a long distance relationship with the parent that they were brought away from. In many circumstances, this impacts the child’s ability to thrive and the results can be discouraging for both parents. 

When considering a big move away from another spouse, one is often required to give notice and receive consent to avoid a legal mandate that prohibits them leaving the state of Texas. This is time sensitive and, in some cases, a reason must be given that justifies the move. If the other parent is in objection, they can bring the case to the courtroom, where a judge may or may not limit the distance in which the custodial parent can relocate with the child.

Relocation laws are designed to protect the well-being of the child and safeguard their relationship with both parents. Some situations require the court to intervene to uphold this mission. If you have additional questions, speaking to an experienced attorney could be beneficial. 

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