Collin County Attorney For Relocation Issues

Serving Clients In McKinney, Plano, Frisco And Surrounding Areas Since 1987

In today's increasingly mobile society, the desire or need to relocate with children following divorce has generated frequent disputes that tend to be difficult to resolve by agreement. Most custody orders in Texas include "domicile restrictions," or limitations regarding where a parent may live with the children. In Collin County, the most common terms require a parent to live within Collin County or any county sharing a border with Collin County. Domicile restrictions seek to preserve the relationship between the noncustodial parent and the children.

If you have questions about relocation and the possibility of moving with your children or preventing such a move, McKinney attorney Diana L. Porter can help. As a Board Certified family lawyer, she will apply her knowledge of Texas family law and the Collin County courts to evaluate your situation and recommend a course of action. Ms. Porter is a diligent advocate for her clients in child-related matters during and following divorce or parental separation.

When May A Parent Move Away With The Children After Divorce?

Generally, courts are not inclined to permit a parent to move away with the children so long as the other parent remains in the area. It is very difficult and expensive to maintain a meaningful long-distance parent-child relationship. Nevertheless, there may be compelling circumstances that would justify such a move. Each case must be considered on its own merits, but the following scenarios may be persuasive:

  • The custodial parent has been unable to find adequate employment within the limited area, despite his or her most diligent efforts.
  • The custodial parent has received a very good job offer outside the limited area that will improve the lives of the children and the family as a whole.
  • The noncustodial parent does not regularly exercise his or her visitation with the children.
  • The ability of the custodial parent to properly care for the children depends on the assistance of family members who live outside the limited area.

A hallmark of Ms. Porter's practice centers on helping clients understand their options by providing candid, straightforward advice. If relocation is an option for you, she will seek to resolve the issue through amicable means such as negotiation, mediation or Collaborative Law. However, as an experienced trial attorney, she is fully prepared to represent your interests in litigation should court intervention be required.

Diana Porter has helped clients throughout Collin County with family law matters since 1987. For more information regarding how she can assist with your relocation questions and options, call her at (972) 562-0038 or contact the firm by email.