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Why is it important to have a geographic restriction in your final custody order?

As a divorce attorney at the Blacknall Firm in Texas, I often see clients who are facing difficult situations when it comes to child custody arrangements. One of the most important aspects of these arrangements is the geographic restriction, which specifies where the children can reside.

In a recent consultation, I spoke with a gentleman who had a standard possession order in place. This order allowed him to see his children on the first, third, and fifth weekends of the month, and he alternated holidays and had extended time in the summer. However, the mother of the children had moved to another state, which was not something they had agreed upon in the court order.

When I asked him if there was a geographic restriction in his current order, he informed me that there was not. This means that the mother is not violating the court order by moving to another state, and there is nothing we can do to enforce that part of the order.

However, the gentleman also mentioned that the mother was not bringing the children to the location specified in the court order for him to exercise his visitation rights on the first, third, and fifth weekends. In this case, we can enforce that part of the order as long as he is documenting the fact that she is not bringing the children and is showing up at the specified location and time.

It’s important to note that every custody case is different and it’s crucial to have a geographic restriction in place to avoid confusion and potential violations of court orders. If you have any questions or concerns about your own custody arrangements, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at the Blacknall Firm. We are here to help and guide you through the process.

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