Can I be forced to move back to my former state of residence by my children’s father?

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Can I be forced to move back to my former state of residence by my children’s father?

As the custodial parent I moved out of state with my sons. I phoned their father months ahead to notify him of the move because the kids were depressed about him not visiting while staying in the same town. Anyway, since the move I would bring the kids every weekend back to the stae where he is living and call him to notify him that the kids are here if he wants to visit but he would never come to see them. Can he make me move back; he’s $6000 behind in child support. I am trying to take care of my kids but returning will only depress the kids again.

Asked on October 21, 2012 under Family Law, Texas

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country your "ex" cannot force you to move back to the state where you once resided.

As to child support arrearages, you should consult with a family law attorney about filing a petition for an order to show cause for contempt of a court order for payment of what is owed for the children you have written about.


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