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Navigating Parental Relocation and its Impact on Child Custody

Child custody orders aren't necessarily permanent. Texas law allows for modifications when there is a material change in circumstances. One such change is a parent's desire or necessity to relocate.

Parental relocation is a common ground for custody modification. It can also be a highly contested one. At The Ramage Law Group, we can help you defend the current custody order or pursue a modification so that you can relocate with your children.

When Is a Relocation Request Likely to Be Granted?

For any kind of custody modification, there must be a material and substantial change in circumstances. The proposed modification must also be in the best interests of the children.

Relocation requests are more likely to succeed when they're based on necessity rather than preference. For example, if a parent's job requires them to relocate, that's a good reason to seek a change in custody.

The court must also determine whether the relocation is in the best interests of the children. That means assessing a variety of factors, such as:

  • The age and any special needs of the children
  • Their continued ability to have a meaningful relationship with both parents
  • Their emotional stability
  • Their educational opportunities
  • Their proximity and relationships with family and friends
  • Their preferences (if they're at least 12 years old)

Our lawyers can take a close look at all the relevant factors to help build a strong case, whether you're seeking to relocate or opposing the other parent's request. We can also assist you with modifying child support if warranted.

What to Do When a Parent Moves Away

It's a nightmare that nobody wants to deal with, but it happens: Parents have joint custody, and one parent moves out of state or moves away without giving notice to the other, or a noncustodial parent moves out of state without providing notice. When one parent takes the children without telling the other, it could be a child abduction situation.

Our attorneys have the experience, knowledge and skill set to address these urgent situations. Call us right away to discuss how to protect the children (and your parental rights).

Get Help With Your Parental Relocation Case

For guidance on custodial or noncustodial parental relocation or any other aspect of child custody in Texas, please call our firm at 972-562-9890. You can also reach us online. You can expect a prompt response and thorough answers to all your custody questions.

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