Houston Relocation Lawyer
Following a divorce in Texas, a custody decision will be made regarding the physical custody of any children from the marriage. The ensuing court order will serve as a legally binding document which provides guidelines and restrictions on the degree of influence each parent can have on the manner in which their children are raised. A major move outside of the current county or metropolitan area constitutes a marked disruption to the lives of both parents and the child and may violate the rights of the non-custodial parent whose access to their child 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. To learn more about how your divorce agreements affect you or your ex’s right to move your children, call our Houston relocation attorneys today at (713) 802-1777.
Legitimate Reasons for Relocation
The majority of divorce orders include prohibitions on changing the residence of the child from a specified location. When a joint decision is made between the two parents, this order can be amended, but the most common causes for legal concern are when the custodial parent wishes to move the child without the other parent’s consent. Except in extenuating circumstances, such as drug abuse or physical violence, a judge will need to be convinced that there are compelling reasons for the move. The following are two 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
Moving as a means to interfere with the relationship between a child and parent is never a compelling reason, and if the court suspects this motivation, they will disallow the move.
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 Houston divorce lawyer at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can work with you to do everything possible to protect your rights and interests. Call us today at (713) 802-1777 to schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your case.