Per the Texas Family Code, the non-custodial or non-primary parent has
the right to frequent, continuing contact with their child. When the primary
parent wishes to move out of the area or out of state, however, things
can get messy. To prevent these legal issues, and ensure that the child
has contact with both parents, Texas courts will almost always impose
a geographic restriction in any custody order.
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What Is a Geographic Restriction?
As the name suggests, a geographic restriction is essentially a limit as
to where the primary parent is allowed to move with their child. In Katy,
for example, a restriction may allow the primary parent to move anywhere
within Harris, Waller, and Fort Bend counties, and typically contiguous
counties to Harris like Montgomery, Brazoria, Chambers, Liberty, and Galveston.
When Won’t a Restriction Be Imposed?
Although geographic restrictions are ubiquitous in Texas, there are some
judges who are less likely to implement such a limitation. Depending on
the circumstances of the case, they may determine that such a restriction
would not be in the best interests of the child. Perhaps the strongest
example of this is in cases of domestic violence, where the non-primary
parent may not even have a right to visit with the child.
Why Are These Restrictions So Common?
Texas, like many other states, encourages parents to be involved in their
child’s life – even if they are no longer together. In any
matter involving a child, the child’s best interest will be prioritized
over the convenience and desires of the parents.
At Hunt Law Firm, PLLC, our Katy child custody attorneys have a comprehensive
understanding of these restrictions, and all other aspects of a custody
order. Regardless of how complex your situation may feel, you can count
on our team to provide the dedicated and highly effective counsel you need.
Do not take risks with your parent-child relationship. Call (832) 781-0320
today to learn how we can help.