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Relocation in Texas

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Are you a custodial parent that needs to relocate with your children? Or a non-custodial parent that needs to challenge your co-parent's relocation request? In most divorces, judges will prohibit the custodial parent from making any significant moves with their children, but in some cases, parents request permission to relocate. Whether you are the custodial parent in these circumstances or the non-custodial parent, capable counsel is advised as you approach this process.

At the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, clients can count on compassionate, aggressive family law counsel that is ready to diligently pursue you and your family's legal goals. Founding Attorney Bryan Fagan is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, a distinction that only 10% of all practicing Texas attorneys can claim. He's well-versed in the challenges and concerns clients in this practice area face and is ready to make your legal goals his firm's highest priority.

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Evaluating The Child's Best Interests

When a custodial parent approaches the court with a relocation request, the court will make many of the same considerations it made when it ruled on child custody. Essentially, it wants to determine whether the proposed relocation will significantly benefit the child.

Some of the questions the court will likely consider may include:

  • Will the move financially benefit the child?
  • Will the move affect parenting time for the family?
  • Will the move take the child away from meaningful community ties?
  • Will the move take the child away from extended family?
  • Will the move affect the child's relationship with the non-custodial parent?
  • Will the move affect the child's education?
  • Will the move affect the child's health?

Most divorced families in Texas have something called "joint managing conservatorship," meaning that, while the children may primarily live with one parent (the custodial) parent, both parents have significant say in the decisions that will affect the upbringing of the child. That means that the court ideally wants to see agreement between the two parents when relocation is an issue. When there isn't, both parents must provide compelling reasoning as to why a relocation should happen or why it should not.

No matter what your side of a relocation action you may be on, the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC is ready to hear your story. Use this site's online form to request a free case evaluation.

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