Decatur Family Law and Probate Attorney

During my parenting time, can I take my child anywhere?

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | Divorce

Co-parenting can be challenging, even when both parents get along. However, when they do not, it can be Hellish because you are forced to work together with someone that you may very much dislike or even hate. Though, parenting time, or visitation, in Texas is regulated by the state’s family laws, primarily through the standard possession order. This legal framework delineates the time each parent spends with their child and any travel restrictions that may apply. This is why you must be careful with what you do during your parenting time.

Travel within Texas

Parents generally have the freedom to travel within Texas during their designated parenting time, allowing for trips, events and family visits within the state. However, your child custody order or parent plan may be more restrictive. Make sure that you follow the letter of all court ordered custody arraignments.

Out-of-state travel

Out-of-state travel is also permissible unless the court order explicitly prohibits it. However, it is advisable to review the order carefully to ensure compliance.

International travel and consent

But, international travel with a child typically requires consent from both parents. This is especially true because passport applications for children under 16 require both parents’ consent. In cases of disagreement, a court order may be necessary.

No court order

In the absence of a court order, both parents have equal rights to the child. However, such situations can lead to disputes and legal complications, which is why in some cases, a court order may be preferable.

Modifying travel provisions

Parents can modify their court order to include specific travel provisions through mediation or mutual agreement. Disagreements may necessitate court intervention.


Open communication and mutual agreements on travel plans are essential for maintaining a positive co-parenting relationship and avoiding legal issues. Texas parents should approach parenting time and travel considerations with care. Understanding the court order and seeking mutual agreements can ensure a smoother experience for both parents and the child.