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“I have to move, but my ex-spouse still lives here. Can I take my kids?”

This is a question that we hear fairly often here at Guest and Gray. Many people find themselves having to relocate for work or the need to be closer to family. However, for divorced parents, this problem is exacerbated by geographic restrictions that say where there children must live. These are known as “Geographic Restrictions”

Geographic restrictions most often place restrictions on the county in which you may live, or the maximum distance from the other parent that you may live. These restrictions are either negotiated by the parties or provided by court order. This means that if you want to relocate out of your geographic area, you have to go to court again and explain the reasons for your relocation.

If you live in Crandall and need help with a divorce, I can help you through the process. I understand this can be a difficult experience in many ways, emotionally, mentally and financially.  But as your Crandall Texas divorce lawyer, it’s my job to make the process as hassle-free as possible for you and to make sure you get what you need and are entitled to out of the divorce process. I practice primarily in Kaufman county and am familiar with the system there, the judges, and many of the attorneys who could be hired by your spouse.

A divorce always starts with one spouse filing a petition for divorce. Once the petition has been filed, the other spouse must be served with the papers. Once that has been done, a temporary orders hearing is often the first major step in the divorce process. Temporary orders are sometimes necessary to determine what will happen while the divorce is pending. For example, if you have children, it will need to be decided who the kids will live with primarily during the divorce and when the other spouse will have visitation. And it usually needs to be decided who will be the spouse to have exclusive use of the marital home. Who will pay certain bills? Who will drive what car? These are a few of the common questions addressed through temporary orders.

From there, it’s simply a process of trying to decide how to finalize the divorce. The three main issues that come up in divorce are children, assets and debts. These issues can frequently be resolved by the parties outside the courtroom. There are several advantages to settling outside of court. First of all, you and your spouse get to decide what it best for you and your kids instead of leaving it up to a judge who doesn’t know you from Adam (or Eve). Second, the sooner an agreement can be reached, the sooner you can stop paying attorneys to try and resolve your case. And if an agreement can’t be reached through an informal process, there are tools such as mediation to help you come to an agreement. Mediation is a process in which an uninvolved third party speaks to each party individually and tries to help them work towards a resolution. In my experience, this is a highly effective tool.

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