What To Know About Modifications And Relocations
There is no doubt that your divorce will bring on major changes in your life. At the same time, in the years and months after your divorce, your life, as well as those of your children and your ex-spouse, will continue to change. There might be an unforeseen trauma, illness or addiction. You may get a new job and, if you are a person paying child support that change in income is likely to affect the amount you would owe. Or one of the parents may be required to move from the jurisdiction where the decree was finalized.
There are certain issues in family law with which compromise is hard to finalize. The relocation of a parent is one such issue. If a child moves out of the state, out of the country or even within Texas (but many miles away), the distance is likely to change the other parent’s relationship with the children. On the other hand, if a parent needs to relocate for work, or because he or she is in the military, it may be in the child’s best interests to move as well.
If you do not have primary custody of the children and oppose the other parent’s move, you have the right to request a court hearing. In this hearing, the court will look at many factors to determine whether a move is in the child’s best interests. These factors include:
- The existing relationship between the children and the parent who stays
- The closeness of grandparents and extended family after a move
- The financial opportunities for the moving parent
- The child’s ties to his or her current location
When these events happen, you may have to make changes to your divorce decree. When you need to modify the terms of your divorce, it is important to work with a lawyer who can address these issues effectively and efficiently.
Attorney Lisa A. Vance and her team of attorneys and staff regularly represent people who need help with any type of divorce modifications. Our experience and skill may make a significant difference in your case.
San Antonio Family Law Attorneys
In Texas, courts may order a modification of custody, child support, relocation based on a “substantial change of circumstances.” Changes to child custody arrangements must also be in the best interests of the child.
Too, as children grow, they can have a greater say in their custody arrangements. And many parents will choose to honor their children’s voices. It is still important to formalize any custody or visitation arrangement with the court, as not all judges will honor informal arrangements between parents.
Call 210-265-6277 now to schedule a consultation with attorney, Lisa A. Vance in San Antonio, Texas. Our divorce lawyers offer compassionate, experienced advice on family law issues including custody, child support, divorce and modification. We also handle estate planning, probate, elder law issues, as well as animal welfare law.
Our law firm also takes on relocation cases, such as when one parent wants to move a great distance away with the children. Whether you want to take this step, or if you do not believe it is in your children’s best interests, our attorneys will strive to create positive, lasting solutions.
Generally speaking, you cannot modify marital property division after a divorce is finalized, although it may be possible in rare circumstances.
In all matters, whether you want to modify your divorce agreement or if you oppose a modification, our family lawyers and staff will work diligently to create solutions that are in your and your family’s best interests.
Contact The Law Office Of Lisa A. Vance, P.C.
Call 210-265-6277 or complete our online contact form to schedule a confidential consultation. We are located near downtown, close to Pearl Brewery and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Spanish translation services are available upon request.