A divorce will bring many things with it, including drastic change, and
one of the biggest adjustments will be your new living arrangements. While
certain couples can live together through the divorce process or move
in separately to their parents’ homes, others have to look elsewhere—and
that may include a distant relocation with your kids. However, there are
rules set in place regulating when and where a parent can move after a divorce.
In Texas, the most popular type of custodial arrangement is joint custody,
which splits the time between the parents. Whether you can relocate with
your children will largely depend on your child custody arrangement. If
the plan states that the child’s residence must remain in a particular
city, county, or state, you will have to petition the court to modify
If there are no restrictions on the child’s residence, you still
can’t relocate the child wherever you would like, but you can talk
to the other parent about a move. If the non-custodial parent opposes
the move, they can file a motion with the court to prevent the relocation
until a hearing is held. At the hearing, you must show compelling reasons
for the proposed move, which may include a job relocation, family, or
a financial opportunity.
Moving with your kids after divorce is quite complex. If you can work out
an arrangement with the other parent, you may still need to go to court,
but without opposition, the court may easily grant the arrangement. If
you need someone to help you draft or look at your existing child custody
arrangement, contact our
Houston family law attorneys at Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny today. Let us look at your situation
and offer sound legal advice.
Call (713) 936-2300 or contact us online
to schedule your case consultation.