Parental Relocation

Collin County Lawyer: Texas Law on Parental Relocations

Located in McKinney, the law office of Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C. represents parents in all manner of family law disputes, including conflicts over child custody and visitation. In our experience, parental relocations can be managed best — and have the fewest negative consequences for the children — when the parents start the negotiation process early.

Learn more about your rights and responsibilities regarding parental relocations. Contact our office to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation with Collin County family law attorney Barbara Jouette.

Parental Relocations and Modifications of Child Custody and Visitation Plans

Some divorce decrees include a geographic restriction that requires the parent who has primary custody of a child to live with the child in a particular county or within a neighboring county. Judges may consider overturning these geographic restrictions, but they usually only do so in circumstances where a move away would serve the best interests of the child.

Out-of-State Parental Relocation Disputes: Parents who move to McKinney for a job change may find themselves on the receiving end of legal action in their former state of residence. Most states have parental relocation laws. If necessary, we may be able to help you get the case transferred to Collin County so that a local child custody lawyer can represent your interests.

Disputes over parental relocations can be resolved in a number of ways, including by negotiated agreement. Parents involved in relocation disputes may find mediation helpful.

Judges will only accept negotiated child custody and visitation modifications that serve the best interests of the children involved. In other words, if the move is good for the parent but not for the child, the judge may prohibit relocation of the child.

Besides a court ruling preventing the parent from moving with the child, there are other possible resolutions in parental relocation cases:

  • The non-moving parent may accept a modification to the visitation plan that restructures the visiting time so that the parent doesn't lose time spent with the child, despite the increased distance between the parents.
  • The parents may try to negotiate a modification to the custody arrangement, whereby the non-moving parent takes over more custodial responsibility and the parent relocates without the child.

Get Early Legal Advice About Parental Relocation Issues

Take parental relocation laws into consideration before making plans to move, either within Texas or out of state. Our law firm can clearly explain Texas law and give you practical legal advice that fits your specific situation.

Free 30-Minute Family Law Consultation

Contact our office to make an appointment for a complimentary 30-minute consultation with McKinney attorney Barbara Jouette.