Addressing Parental Relocation Issues

Child Custody Attorney Serving Plano, Frisco, Denton And Communities Throughout Texas

In today's world, people are moving around more than ever before. However, even with technology that allows people to remain in close contact, mosty Texas family courts feel that children deserve to have both parents personally involved in their lives. This can make it hard for parents to relocate after a divorce.

As a family law attorney experienced in parental relocation issues, Jane-Ashley McMillan has been helping Texas families find creative custody solutions for more than 30 years. From law offices in Plano, she serves clients throughout the region. If you or your former spouse is interested in relocating after your divorce, she can help you assess your options and protect your rights, so you can do what is best for you and your children.

Making A Move Work For Your Family

Generally, Texas courts prefer to give both parents parenting time, which also often means ensuring that both parents stay in the same geographical region. If one parent does not live in the same area as the children, it makes it more difficult to come up with a plan for fair and quality parenting time. If you wish to maintain physical custody and visitation with your child, the court will most likely impose a geographic restriction in your divorce settlement, but all cases are different. Ms. McMillan has observed how the courts handle this issue in her 30 years of experience.

Texas board-certified family lawyer Jane-Ashley McMillan works very hard to negotiate issues of parental relocation. She understands the hardships facing parents who are forced to stay in one place to protect their parental rights.

While Ms. McMillan is also prepared to represent her clients' interests in court, she knows that many times relocation issues can be resolved through mediation or collaborative law. By working out issues outside the courtroom, she can help you reach a creative settlement that works for all parties.

Move-Away Modifications

There are some situations in which a parent must move, because of a new job, remarriage, medical concerns or other reasons. In these situations, the courts will consider several factors when making a post-divorce modification determination, including:

  • Has the relocating parent been involved with the children?
  • Has the relocating parent paid child support?
  • Is the relocating parent a good influence?
  • How will the relocating parent maintain healthy relationships with their children?
  • Is relocating the only option?
  • How will travel be accommodated by the parent and/or the child?
  • What is the age of the child?
  • Who is responsible for the costs of the travel?

Relocation is never as simple as it seems. Luckily, there are things you can do to defend your rights and obtain a solution that works for you and your kids. Let attorney Jane-Ashley McMillan help you find a creative strategy. Contact her Plano law offices today to learn more.

Call 469-331-6033 for guidance and passionate representation in your parental relocation case in Texas.