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Impacts of relocation on child custody and co-parenting in Texas

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Child Custody And Co-Parenting |

When a parent decides to move, it can significantly impact child custody and co-parenting arrangements in Texas.

Relocation involves moving to a new residence that changes the geographical distance between the parents and may affect the current custody agreement.

Modification of custody orders

In Texas, if a parent wishes to relocate and take the child with them, they must try to get the other parent’s consent. If the other parent does not agree to the move, the one relocating must file a petition with the court to modify the custody order.

Best interests of the child

The court prioritizes the child’s best interests above all else. It considers factors such as the child’s relationship with each parent, the reasons for the relocation and the impact on the child’s education and social life. The ability to co-parent effectively from a distance is another common factor.

Notice requirements

In Texas, at least 60 days prior to the move, the parent who is relocating must provide a written notice to the other parent. This notice must contain specific information about the proposed relocation, such as the new address and reasons for the move. Failure to provide adequate notice may result in legal consequences.

Co-parenting challenges

Increased distance between parents may make it more difficult to maintain regular visitation schedules. It can also make participating in joint decision-making about the child’s upbringing harder. Effective communication and flexibility are important for co-parents.

Relocation can affect child custody, family dynamics and co-parenting arrangements in Texas. Understanding the requirements and challenges associated with moving is important to protect the children’s best interests and maintain healthy co-parenting relationships.