The care and support of children is an ongoing obligation that lasts until the children become adults. The circumstances impacting the relationships between parents and children can change over time, and Texas family courts have the power to modify child custody decrees to reflect those changed circumstances.
Addressing Your Specific Goals
Maybe you feel that your children’s relationships with you and their other parent have changed to the point where parenting responsibilities should be adjusted. Maybe you are concerned about decisions the other parent is making. Perhaps you have been offered a job in another state. All of these circumstances will likely involve a child custody modification or visitation modification.
Custody modification and relocation cases are very complex and fact specific. Every case is different, and one of our experienced Houston child custody modification attorneys can guide you through the process.
Custody modification often comes into play when one parent has substance abuse or mental health issues. The progress, or lack of progress, of a parent in dealing with these issues can be a basis for modifying child custody, visitation, and also cause a child support dispute that may require a support modification.
Parental relocation is also, essentially, a custody modification issue. The courts cannot prevent a parent from moving to accept a new job, to move in with a new spouse or for any other reason. However, the courts can — and often do — prevent the child from moving with the parent, which may result in the other parent gaining primary custody.
Focusing on the Future at All Times
Many custody disputes over modification and parental relocation can be avoided, or at least made easier to resolve, during the process of negotiating or litigating the original parenting plan and divorce decree.
A child custody decree can, for instance, say that the child cannot be removed from a specific geographical area for the purpose of changing the child’s primary residence without prior permission from the court. Also, the exact ways in which decision-making powers over the child are divided can impact whether it is necessary to go to court to resolve specific issues in the future.
Savvy Houston, Texas, Parental Relocation Lawyers
Our lawyers always approach modification cases with an eye on the long-term consequences of our actions. Contact us to discuss what steps we can take during your divorce to address potential future modification and relocation issues.