Friday, September 28, 2007

FAQ regarding Divorce # 7: Can I move after the Divorce case is filed?

Ordinarily, yes. As long as you were a resident of Texas for at least six months and of the County where you filed for ninety days before filing the Divorce petition, then you can move after the petition is filed. However, you should be aware that many Courts have “local rules” requiring notice and possibly agreement from the other spouse (or an order from the Court) before you can move out of the County where the Divorce petition was filed, particularly when children are involved. You should also check to see if a Temporary Restraining Order, Temporary Injunction, or some geographical restriction is in place before you leave.

It is generally a good idea to wait to move until after the case is finalized, and we strongly suggest at least waiting until service of process is obtained to be sure that the case does not have to be dismissed. However, if relocation is absolutely necessary prior to the time the Divorce becomes “final,” there are procedures that allow you to legally do so.