Divorce is a time of transition for many families, particularly those involving children. At least one parent is likely have a new home, and new arrangements must be made to determine when the children will spend time with either parent.

As such, a frequent point of conflict is when a parent decides to relocate out of the area and wants to take their child with them. If you or your ex-spouse is planning to move out of the area, a Houston relocation lawyer can help you protect your relationship with your child. One of our dedicated custody attorneys could determine what evidence is needed to either support or fight this move, and protect the wellbeing of your children in the process.

What Factors Impact a Court’s Decision in a Relocation Petition?

When a court makes any decision involving the wellbeing of a child, they must consider their best interests. Therefore, when one parent petitions to move with their child, they must consider how this relocation may impact them and their relationship with their other parent. Some of the factors that a court may consider in a relocation case:

  • The potential for a parent to provide greater financial stability for the family
  • Whether the children and the family will have a sufficient support system when they relocate
  • The relationship the child has with both parents
  • The reason the petitioning party wishes to move
  • If the petitioning party is attempting to alienate the other parent from seeing their child
  • Whether the child’s needs can be meet in this new location
  • How a move may impact child support and the amount of time that the child spends in each home

How Can a Lawyer Help with a Relocation Case?

When it comes to determining the best interests of your child, the court will consider a number of factors. This includes which parent the child will primarily reside with and a regular visitation schedule that provides the non-custodial parent with ample opportunity to raise and spend time with the child. These decisions often become more complex when one parent plans to relocate. An attorney in Houston could assist a parent in creating a document that handles all of these issues seamlessly so that both parents are clear about their responsibilities and their parenting time in the event of relocation.

It is important to remember that a parenting agreement is not a “forever” type of document. The child’s needs will grow and change, as will the circumstances of their parents. An attorney could also assist with modifying existing parenting plans to reflect the changes that need to be made in the event of one parent moving with their child.

Additionally, our attorneys also have experience assisting non-custodial parents in opposing a relocation in which they will not have consistent access to their children.

Contact a Houston Relocation Attorney Today

The experienced Houston relocation lawyers at Angela Faye Brown & Associates hold the belief that the best decisions for your family are made from a ground of knowledge and education. Clients are taken through all phases of this process and provided with the information they need to make informed choices.

Whether you are planning to relocate as soon as your divorce is final, or you have been divorced for years and are now seeking new work or life adventures outside the area, a member of our legal team could help make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible for your children. Contact Angela Faye Brown today for more information.