Although a divorce and child custody dispute may be settled, there can be future issues that come up due to the previous arrangement. Following a divorce and child custody agreement, a court order might require the parents to live in a certain geographic area. If a parent wants to move to a new area, that parent may need to go back to court to petition for parental relocation. This situation can arise where the parents have a joint managing conservatorship.
Texas family courts typically assign one parent to be the custodial parent in joint managing conservatorships of minor children. This arrangement has the child living in both residences and gives each parent equal power to make decisions in the child's life. There is usually one stipulation that accompanies this type of arrangement. Typically, the parents agree that each other's homes must remain in a certain geographic area. This could cause conflict if one parent needs to re-locate outside of the agreed upon geographic area.