Robert S. Hoffman
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Relocation of a Parent and Child

In today’s increasingly mobile society, families move around more often than ever before. It is not uncommon for a family to have called more than one city home or more than one state for that matter. Employment opportunities, scholastic endeavors, extended family, and in-laws all provide reasons for families to pick-up and relocate to new areas. While many times moving is a joyous occasion, moving can also strain existing familial relationships.

This is especially true when children are involved.The public policy in the state of Texas is to ensure that both parents have frequent and continuing contact with their child provided each parent has exhibited an ability to act in the best interest of the child and provide a safe, stable, non-violent environment for the child. Texas courts weigh this policy against a host of other factors in determining whether or not to impose a geographical restriction upon the residence of a child including but not limited to the employability of a parent in both locations, family ties to certain locations, the ability of the non-relocating parent to move, etc.

It is also worth noting that Texas is unique in that a party may elect to have a jury decide whether or not to impose a geographical restriction on a child’s residence.

If you are considering moving, or aim to keep your child in close proximity to you and preclude the child’s other parent from moving, we urge you to contact the Law Offices of Robert S. Hoffman today to learn more about how you can protect your child’s best interests and preserve your rights.




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