Splitting parenting time when one parent moves away

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2023 | Child Custody |

As co-parents go about their respective lives following a divorce, circumstances might necessitate a large-scale move to another state. While the custodial parent cannot simply move across borders without the official consent of their co-parent or the court, the non-custodial parent might choose to accept a compromise in parenting time to facilitate such a move.

If a move across state lines does take place on the part of either parent, the question arises as to how you should fairly split parenting time. By understanding your options for creating a workable schedule despite the distance, you and your co-parent can arrive at a schedule that works for both you and your child.

What is the standard visitation order for an out-of-state parent?

Texas family code outlines a standard possession order for parents more than 100 miles apart with terms for the noncustodial parent including:

  • One weekend visit per month
  • No mid-week visits
  • Standard holiday schedules
  • Extended visitation periods during summer vacation and spring break

Parents can choose to modify the standard order at their discretion if it is not workable or preferable for their unique family dynamic.

How can co-parents compromise on a suitable schedule?

Challenges presented by distance and travel can necessitate compromise on a modified visitation schedule. One option is to opt for longer periods of visitation with the out-of-state parent during weeks or months when your child’s extracurricular activities are relatively less demanding, so as to avoid interfering with important social interactions.

Creating a parenting time plan that suits the needs of both parents as well as the child is best accomplished through cooperation and compromise. This is especially true when co-parents must navigate extraordinary circumstances such as an out-of-state move.



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