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Protecting Interests in Geographic Restriction Cases

There are a whole host of legal complexities that will need to be worked out whenever a custodial parent needs to relocate to a new geographic region. With that in mind, both parents involved should consider retaining legal representation to help protect their interests throughout this difficult process.

Aspects of Geographic Restriction Cases

When determining the best interests of a child in these cases, courts typically defer to the precedent set by the Texas Supreme Court in the Lenz v. Lenz case in which the following factors will receive most consideration:

  • Whether a home environment that was stable and supportive existed
  • Whether the child had a relationship with local extended family
  • Whether the child has friends in the area

When considering whether the child should accompany the custodial parent, the court will take into consideration the following aspects of a particular situation:

  • The financial capabilities of that parent
  • The standard of living the child will be able to enjoy
  • What positive impact the custodial parent’s mental and emotional stale will have upon the child

In conjunction with these effects, the court will further consider what effect the relocation may have upon the noncustodial parent, including whether:

  • The noncustodial parent has the right to have regular and meaningful contact with his or her child
  • The noncustodial parent can alter his or her schedule to care for the child
  • The noncustodial parent has the capability to also relocate

With so much riding on the outcome of this case, our Woodlands legal team may be able to help you protect the best interests of your child(ren).

Consult with a Geographic Restriction Attorney in the Woodlands

If you or your former partner will be relocating to a new region, you will need to speak with a Woodlands geographic restriction attorney at the BB Law Group PLLC about altering your child custody agreement so that it reflects the best interest of your family. To discuss the particulars of your situation with one of our Woodlands attorneys, please call our offices at (832) 534-2589 today.