Parents typically have full control over what their children do. You decide what medical care your children receive and where they go to school. However, you will lose some of that autonomy once you divorce.
Your biggest parenting decisions will all be subject to input by the Texas family courts and possibly your ex. Now that you have divorced and are ready to move on with your life, you may want to move to a new place.
Perhaps you just got an incredible job offer in New Mexico, or maybe you want to move back home to stay with your parents on the other side of the state while you rebuild financially. How can you convince the Texas family courts that a relocation would be the right solution in your divorce?
Make the whole thing about your children
If you intend to move far enough away that the distance will affect your ex’s parenting time, then either they or the court need to approve the move. If your ex is not on board with your desire to relocate, you need to convince the courts to rule in your favor in a contested custody modification hearing.
Any custody decision, including modifications, like move-away requests, will always focus on what is best for the children. Rather than talking about your own wishes when developing your case for the courts, it will likely be far more effective to discuss how your children will benefit from the relocation. The right perspective during this process will increase your chances of success.
Understanding what the courts consider when hearing custody modification cases can help you prepare for your hearing.