When two parents in Texas split up, it raises a whole host of legal issues surrounding the care of their child. Naturally both parents want to maintain a nurturing relationship with their child, and to that end, in child custody cases, Texas courts aim to see that a child is given the opportunity to spend frequent and regular time with both of his or her parents. This means that sometimes the court will put a residency restriction in place when two parents have a child together but have divorced or broken up. What a residency restriction does is keep the custodial parent from taking the child and moving away from the county where the case was filed, or away from any surrounding counties. Of course, the parent is free to move away alone.
If a custodial parent is facing a residency restriction but still wants to take the child and move away, he or she has to seek the court's permission in order to do so. The parent seeking to move with the child has to show the court that he or she has a compelling reason to do so. The court will consider a number of factors in this situation.