Protect Your Child’s Wellbeing
One of the biggest questions to answer when navigating a divorce or child custody case is “where will my child or children live?”. Unfortunately, the strain of a divorce or separation can be magnified when parents don’t agree on this topic.
Residency restriction orders dictate where a child or children are allowed to live geographically, and allow both parents to have regular access to their children.
What You Should Know About Residency Restriction
Residency restriction orders are common and most judges will limit residence in the case of joint child custody. For example, if a parent lives in Travis County, most judges will order that the child has to live in Travis County. In Texas, residency can be restricted to an area as small as a school district or as large as the state.
A residency restriction order will help ensure that both parents can stay active in their child’s life. It can also make visitation easier for parents who do not live with their children. Because of that, both parents should have the right to decide where a child lives.
Experienced Representation Matters
Before a residency restriction process is initiated, there is no legal safeguard preventing a parent from moving out of the state, or even the country, with a child. However, once the process is started, there is a standing order in states like Texas that restrict where the residence is going to be.
If you need support with a child custody case or obtaining a residency restriction order in Austin, Travis County, or elsewhere in Texas, Sandoval Family Law can provide the guidance you need. To schedule a strategy session, please send us an email or call 512-580-2449.