Custody Modification Issues in Wichita Falls, Texas

Custody Modification Issues
Call Richard T. Sutherland for Answers to Custody Modification Issues and Questions in Wichita Falls, Texas. (940) 691-6200.

Despite the Best Plans, Custody Modification Can be Necessary

While following the terms of your divorce decree or custody order, there may be bumps in the road, some more significant than others. Issues with conservatorship, possession of or access to the child can arise out of parents’ new relationships, job opportunities and military deployments. There are also times that child abuse, family violence and changes in financial circumstances make it necessary to file a custody modification case to set a new order for conservatorship or possession and access that is in the best interests of the child or children.

In a custody modification case, the party bringing suit must be able to establish a material and substantial change of circumstances, something more than the inconvenience of one parent not being able to make scheduled weekend pick-ups and drop-offs.

Every modification case is unique, and you should obtain proper legal advice to learn your rights and where you stand in bringing a modification suit. In Wichita Falls, Texas, Richard T. Sutherland advises and represents parents with custody and modification issues.

Job Change and Relocation Issues Affecting Custody Arrangements

When a parent has a new opportunity for career advancement, the new job can be beneficial for everyone in the family, including children whose needs become more expensive as they grow older and get closer to high school and their future beyond. At a crossroads, the new job opportunity may affect the parent’s current rights and duties regarding possession and access, regardless whether they are the primary parent with a right to determine the child’s residence.

The parent with possession and access on first, third and fifth weekends, for example, might need to travel further for pick-ups and drop-offs. But what happens when their new job is in South Carolina as opposed to Oklahoma, and transportation and distance are issues?

Listen to Richard T. Sutherland speak on relocation issues in a recent podcast, “Geographic Restrictions and Relocation.”

Grounds for Modification of Custody Orders in Texas

When the terms and conditions of conservatorship, possession of or access to a child are sought to be modified, and it would be in the best interests of the child, the court may modify that custody order. The circumstances of the child, a conservator or other party affected by the original order of the court have materially and substantially changed.

The facts that give rise to what the court may consider a material or substantial change are unique to every family and custody case. An experienced child custody lawyer can advise you as to whether your situation warrants a modification. Some factors that can affect your chances at obtaining a modification may be the age of the child, increased expenses because of change of residence, conviction for child abuse or family violence, military duty obligations and more.

In Wichita Falls, Texas, parents who need a custody modification may seek the advice and representation of child custody attorney Richard T. Sutherland, an experienced and frequent speaker on children’s issues and protecting their best interests. Call Richard T. Sutherland in Wichita Falls at (940) 691-2100 with your questions and custody modification issues.

Divorce and Family Law Explained by Richard Sutherland in Wichita Falls, Texas: Podcast Summaries

Podcast Summaries: Divorce and Family Law Explained by Richard Sutherland in Wichita Falls, Texas
Podcast Summaries: Divorce and Family Law Explained by Richard Sutherland in Wichita Falls, Texas. For more, call (940) 691-2100.

Wichita Falls Family Law Attorney, Richard T. Sutherland offers a variety of short podcasts explaining common issues in divorce and family law in Wichita Falls, Texas. Click on the titles to access the podcasts on our Wichita Falls Family Law website.

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Community and Separate Property in Texas

About Community Property generally: Texas law defines community property as being the property, other than separate property, acquired by either spouse during the marriage. Separate property is defined as being property owned or claimed by a spouse before marriage. Property acquired by a spouse during marriage by gift, devise or descent and the monetary proceeds for an injury sustained by a spouse during the marriage, except for lost earnings and medical expenses.

Conservatorship and Parenting

Listening to this Texas child custody and conservatorship podcast can help people better understand how conservatorship works, and it can be confusing. People often call Attorney Sutherland reporting they have joint custody, and many times those parents are joint managing conservators with rights to child support, to determine the residence of a child and primary possession and access to the child, for example. If you only take one thing away from this podcast, custody and conservatorship are not the same in Texas divorce and family law.

Geographic Restrictions and Relocation

Texas courts imposes geographic restrictions until the child reaches the age of 18 and the court no longer has jurisdiction over the child, or when the non-custodial parent or conservator no longer resides within the geographical area imposed by the court. The geographic restriction may also be lifted when the custodial parent files a petition to modify the order which granted the restriction.

Marital Debt and Liability

Who is liable for a debt and what property is subject to execution to satisfy the debt liability? We use the examples of the purchase of a truck and the transfer of title to a house.

What happens to the parties if the husband defaults on the note he used to buy the truck? Is the wife liable? If the bank sues the husband, it can seek to collect its judgement from three sources.

Military Deployment and Custody in Texas

Military deployment, military mobilization or temporary military duty can impact the lives of parents with children in and around Wichita Falls, Texas. In this monthly Wichita Falls Family Law podcast discussion with Attorney Richard Sutherland, we discuss a few of the key issues and answer common questions about the impact of military deployment and child custody.

Premarital Agreements in Texas

So long as the terms do not violate Texas law, there are seemingly endless opportunities to determine who gets what at the end of a marriage when making a valid and enforceable premarital agreement in Texas.

Welcome to The Wichita Falls Family Law Podcast

On the inaugural Wichita Falls Family Law podcast, Attorney Richard Sutherland offers and overview of common questions in Texas divorce and family law.

Geographic Restrictions and Relocation

Richard Sutherland Podcast: Geographic Restrictions and Relocation

This is The Wichita Falls Family Law Podcast, with Attorney Richard Sutherland. We talk about Texas divorce and family law. This month’s topic is geographic restrictions and when those restrictions may be lifted to allow for relocation.

 

Geographic restrictions and relocation issues in Texas family law:

  • Issues of geographic location involving children
  • Why courts impose geographical restrictions
  • What are the reasons parents ask the court to lift geographic restrictions?
  • Factors the courts consider when deciding to lift geographic restrictions
  • Problems that may arise when geographic restrictions are lifted

Today we are focusing on what happens when life happens, and parents want and or need to move.

First, understand that the Texas Family Code follows public policy of the state to assure that children have frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interest of the child, meaning that they provide a safe, stable and nonviolent environment for the child. Texas public policy encourages parents to share in the rights and duties of raising their child after the parents have separated or dissolved their marriage.

Texas courts imposes geographic restrictions until the child reaches the age of 18 and the court no longer has jurisdiction over the child, or when the non-custodial parent or conservator no longer resides within the geographical area imposed by the court. The geographic restriction may also be lifted when the custodial parent files a petition to modify the order which granted the restriction.

There are several reasons that a custodial parent might have to seek to life the geographical restrictions to allow for relocation. Listen to the podcast to find out and learn more.

For additional general information, please read about Wichita Falls, Texas Family Law on our website.

Richard Sutherland talks about geographic restrictions and relocation in Texas in this Wichita Falls divorce and family law podcast.
Richard Sutherland talks about geographic restrictions and relocation in Texas in this Wichita Falls divorce and family law podcast.

Attorney Richard T. Sutherland practices family law and commercial litigation in Wichita Falls and all over Texas. Since being licensed by the State of Texas in 1976, Richard Sutherland has been an active member and leader in many legal organizations including the State Bar of Texas. He is a frequent speaker and continuing legal education contributor. Sutherland is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin and the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

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