Dallas Relocation Lawyers
Helping Children Relocate in TX
There are many reasons a parent may choose to move away, including a job opportunity, a life event, or a new relationship. This can cause some issues when parents are divorced, and they share child custody. If your custody order has a geographic restriction, you will need to file for relocation and petition the court to have the restriction lifted or modified.
At Verner Brumley Mueller Parker PC, our Dallas relocation attorneys will work with you to defend your parental rights throughout your move-away case and ensure your child has the tools to thrive during and after your case.
How Does Relocating with Custody Work in TX?
Nothing under Texas law specifically sets a geographic distinction for what constitutes a relocation. Typically in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, the court considers relocation as a parent attempting to move to a city or location outside DFW and the contiguous counties with their child.
You can legally relocate with your child by:
- Reaching an agreement with the child's other parent or guardian. If the child's other parent or guardian agrees that relocating serves the child's best interests, both parties can testify as such in court. Courts typically approve agreed relocations quickly.
- Disputing the relocation in court. If the other party does not agree with the need for relocation, you will need to file a move-away case with the court. Both parties will have a chance to present evidence to the court, and the judge can make a final decision.
What Do Judges Consider in Move-Away Cases?
During relocation cases, the court's primary objective is making a decision that serves the child's best interests. To that end, courts consider various factors during move-away disputes, including:
- Why the parent wishes to relocate (better job, new housing, etc.);
- How relocating would benefit the child (better schools, more opportunities, etc.);
- How relocating may impact the child in terms of their social circles and mental and physical health;
- How relocating may impact the child's other parent;
- Whether relocating would require the parents to adjust a currently existing custody arrangement;
- Any other factors the court considers pertinent to the case.
Our Dallas relocation lawyers can help you relocate with custody, ensuring you and your child receive the opportunities you deserve.