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Planning a move while co-parenting

When divorced parents in Texas are committed to co-parenting, they may agree to live in the same town or nearby each other. By staying in close proximity, they can create a parenting schedule that involves the least amount of disruption for their children. However, things may get more complicated later on if one parent decides to move.

Whether a divorced parent is moving for work or remarriage, a move while co-parenting can create bitter disputes, and it could even lead to a child custody battle. Though a parent may believe that the extra drive time after a move is no big deal, the other parent may not feel the same way. If the parent who stayed starts to resent the parent who moved, they may refuse to drive their children to the new town.

The existing co-parenting plan usually has to be changed when one parent relocates. Depending on the child's schedule and other factors, one parent may end up with less parenting time. The child will also have to adjust to living in the new town where they may not have any friends or planned activities.

A divorced parent's decision to move does not necessarily have to result in arguments and child custody disputes with their ex-spouse. An attorney may be able to talk to a divorced parent about the implications of an upcoming move and help the parent to negotiate a new parenting plan with their ex-spouse. If a child custody dispute does arise because of a move, an attorney may represent a parent in court.

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