People relocate for a variety of reasons: A new job, remarriage, proximity to family, and more. However, relocation becomes a complicated legal process when the person wanting to move is a parent with custody of a child or children.
At Mark Rush Williamson, PC, we assist parents in child relocation and move-away cases. This is fairly common. To find out how we can help you, contact us online or call 469.385.3305.
The Process of Child Relocation
There is a presumption under the Texas Family Code that when the non-custodial parent lives in one area, say Collin County, it is best for the child/children to live in that same area so there can be frequent, regular contact with both parents.
After child custody has been determined, a child's or children's residence or domicile is usually restricted to Dallas and contiguous counties. Now, the parent can move wherever they want, but he or she usually cannot take the child/children without getting permission from the court.
At our firm Mark Rush Williamson, PC, we will work with you to seek permission for child relocation. If there is a good reason for the move — a new job, to be closer to family — you may be able to get permission to move with your child/children. This will involve lifting the domicile restriction that limits where a child or the children can live to Dallas and contiguous counties.
"Will the court allow me to relocate with my child?
During our initial meeting, after learning the history of your case, the background, and your reasons for wanting to move, we will tell you what your realistic chances are for success. If the case sounds weak, we will be honest with you.
In recent years, many companies have moved to the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex. Now, many people are facing transfers or lay-offs and must explore opportunities out of Texas. If you must move out of Texas, or if the other parent wants to move for frivolous reasons, contact us as soon as possible.