Houston Relocation Lawyer
Assistance with Child Custody Modifications Regarding a Move
If you are a divorced parent dealing with the relocation of your child, the lawyers from Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can help you. Whether you are a parent seeking to relocate yourself and your child, or you are a parent who is trying to prevent the relocation of your child by your ex, we can help you with your case.
In Texas, a an custody order will serve as a legally binding document which provides guidelines and restrictions on each parent regarding the children. A r relocation outside of the current county or metropolitan area will likely disrupt the lives of both parents and the children and may violate the rights of the non-custodial parent whose access to their children will be significantly diminished.
At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, our legal team is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of our clients and will work diligently to help ensure that your interests are represented in court.
Why You Need a Lawyer
When facing a relocation case, the stakes are very high. Making sure that you have the best legal team on your side could be the factor that can affect the outcome of your case. Relocation cases are time sensitive, and there are many things the court must consider when making a decision, including what would be in the best interest of the child You will want a lawyer who is well prepared to explain your position to the Court, who is well-versed in dealing with child relocation cases.
Legitimate Reasons for Relocation
The majority of divorce or final custody orders include restrictions on a parent’s ability to change the residence of the child from a specified location, more commonly known as a geographic restriction. When both parents agree to modify the geographic restriction, this order can be amended, but the most common causes for relocation suits are when the custodial parent wishes to move the child without the non-custodial parent’s consent. Except under extenuating circumstances, such as drug abuse or physical violence, a judge will need compelling evidence to support the relocation.
The following are 2 examples of legitimate concerns which may justify relocation:
- Job relocation when comparable work is not available locally
- Moving to be nearer to family who will help to support the children
Whatever your situation, Holmes, Diggs & Sadler will represent you reliably and efficiently, giving you the best opportunity to settle your case as amicably as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Relocation after divorce is a tricky topic. We have listed the answers to some common questions below, but if you have any specific questions about your case, do not hesitate to contact us.
How does relocation affect visitation rights?
If the parent with primary custody of the child moves more than 100 miles away from the other parent, long-distance visitation rights may be imposed. Long-distance visitation arrangements usually stipulate that the custodial parent has to pick up the child after the child’s visit with the non-custodial parent or pay for the child’s travel arrangements. If the child is less than 5 years old, the moving parent may also have to pay for the noncustodial parent to travel with the child.
Can my ex move away with my child?
The custodial parent has the right to move within the geographic restriction outline in the custody order. The parent who wishes to alter this order without the other parent’s agreement must take their case to court, and it can be contested by the non-moving parent. If the parent wishing for relocation has a valid and compelling reason, there is a chance the Court may grant the relocation, if those valid and compelling reasons are in the best interest of the child.
We understand that you have questions about your options when facing a child relocation case, and you might even be worried about the possibility of losing custody or visitation. We want to set your mind at ease by providing you with excellent legal representation that will get you results. Do nothesitate to reach out for the help you need.
If you are attempting to move your family to a new location and are experiencing resistance from the child’s other parent, or if your ex is attempting to interfere with your relationship with your child by moving their residence, an experienced lawyer at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can work with you to do everything possible to protect your rights and interests.
Call us today at (713) 766-5355 to schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your case.
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