Many parents, especially the non-primary parent, have this concern. As a Forney divorce attorney who handles many cases in Kaufman County, I always tell my clients yes there is a way to ease this concern. If the other parent is designated as the parent who has the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the child and you want to ensure that they do not have the right to move anywhere they want, then you must request a geographic restriction on that exclusive right. Most of the time, unless the primary parent has a compelling reason to allow them to move a great distance (sometimes even out of state), the courts will put a restriction that would state “mom has the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the child within Kaufman and contiguous counties.”
Family law courts are under a public policy, as dictated by the Texas Family Code, that the parties must foster a relationship between the child and the other parent and ensuring close and frequent contact between the parents and the child is one way of fulfilling that policy. Once a geographic restriction is in place, it does not mean that it cannot be modified in the future. However, it is a little harder to remove than it is to allow one not to be put into place and then ask for one in a modification. So, if you do have this concern, be sure to express it to your family law attorney during your divorce so that they can file the appropriate pleadings.