When navigating a divorce or child custody case, an important issue that emerges for co-parents is that of child residency restriction.

Residency restriction orders are very common in divorce and custody cases and dictate where a child or children are allowed to live geographically. They allow both parents to have frequent and continuous access to their children.

Whether through a written order or court order, 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. Occasionally, the residency restriction order may be expanded to include Travis county and contiguous counties.

Before the 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. That is why it is important to start the process regarding child residency as quickly as possible, especially if a parent anticipates there will be push back from the co-parent.

If you are seeking an attorney for assistance with a child custody or residency related matter, contact Sandoval Law Firm.

At Sandoval Law Firm we understand the stress of dealing with divorce, child custody and domestic violence. Our firm consists of founding attorney Raul Sandoval Jr. and a dedicated support staff. Mr. Sandoval earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. Since that time, he has been practicing family law in the Austin area, as well as teaching seminars, classes and other forms of professional development.