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Relocation Attorneys in Houston

Handling Custody Cases Involving Geographic Restrictions

Quite often, conservators – parents with custody rights – struggle with the issue of relocation. What happens when one parent wants to move out of the city or state and maintain possession or access to their child?

If you are seeking a workaround that allows you to relocate – or if you are trying to prevent the other parent from moving away with your child – you can turn to Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our relocation attorneys in Houston can present your case to the court and ensure that you and your child’s best interests are protected.

Contact us to discuss your case with our team of knowledgeable divorce and family lawyers. Call (281) 476-9447 now.

What Is a Geographic Restriction?

Under the Texas Family Code Section 153.001(a)(1), it is generally required that:

  • Children have frequent and ongoing access to both parents, barring circumstances such as negligence or abuse
  • Children have a stable and safe living environment
  • Parents are encouraged to share rights and duties in raising their child after divorce

To enforce this, courts will generally issue a custody and visitation order that restricts the child’s residence to a defined geographic area. This ensures stability for the child, who remains in one place and has access to both parents. Courts have the discrepancy to make the restricted geographic area as large or as small as is necessary on a case-by-case basis.

Lifting a Geographic Restriction

If you would like to move away farther than the current custody order allows, you may be able to modify the order and life the geographic restriction. To do so, you will need a valid reason that is in the best interests of the child.

The court may allow you to lift the restriction if:

  • The other parent of your child is not interested in maintaining a relationship with the child
  • You receive a promotion or career opportunity that requires you to relocate
  • You only moved to your current area for your ex-spouse, who is now not exercising their visitation rights
  • The new location provides education opportunities for your child
  • The other parent agrees that you should be able to relocate

Get Started on Your Case with Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law

It can be extremely difficult to lift a geographic restriction in your child custody order, especially if the other parent is against it. However, our relocation attorneys in Houston understand how to best present your case and ensure that our arguments accurately illustrate how the move could benefit your child.

Give us a call at (281) 476-9447 to request an initial consultation with our family law attorneys.

Why Choose Us?

  • 80 + Years of Combined Legal Experience

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  • Attorney Slate Served in U.S. Military for 25 Years

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