The court,under the Uniform Child Custody
Jurisdiction Enforcement Act, cannot take jurisdiction over a child unless the child has lived there for 6 months. If the parent moves away, and the other parent remains in the "home state", and files a custody petition, then the other parent can be ordered to return the child to the home state. So generally most parents will try to resolve the custody issues or get a court order permitting it before moving out of state. If there is no alternative and the parent moves to TX, and the other parent doesn't file a custody petition, then the custody/support issue can be addressed in TX. However, then there is the 6 month waiting period unless the home state declines to accept jurisdiction; then the new state may:Significant connection jurisdiction.45 When a child has no home State or when a home State declines jurisdiction,46 another State court may exercise jurisdiction if the child has sufficient ties to the State and substantial evidence concerning the child is available in the State. A child need not be physically present in a State for the State to exercise significant connection jurisdiction. More than one State may have jurisdiction on this basis, but only one State may exercise jurisdiction.47 The statute resolves the conflict in favor of the first-filed proceeding. However, the courts are required to communicate, and the court in the State of the first-filed proceeding may defer to the court in the second State following judicial communication.48Example. A father and his child go to visit the child's paternal grandparents in Colorado. The father is reminded of the beauty of the mountains and decides not to return to Iowa, where his marriage
had been faltering and his job prospects have dimmed. The family had been living in Iowa for 4 years. Within 2 months of his arrival in Colorado, the father files for custody there on significant connection grounds. The Colorado court lacks jurisdiction and may not proceed to the merits of the case unless Iowa, the child's home State, declines jurisdiction in favor of Colorado. However, if the mother
does not commence a custody proceeding in Iowa within 6 months of the child's removal, Colorado becomes the child's home State and the Colorado court may then exercise jurisdiction and decide custody. Here is a link to the UCCJEA:http://www.uniformlaws.org/shared/docs/child_custody_jurisdiction/uccjea_final_97.pdf Thank you for using Just Answer.I hope the information I provided is useful. If you need further clarification please post here and I will reply as soon as I see it; otherwise, Kindly-Rate Positively-This does Not result in additional charges to the customer and allows the site to credit me for assisting you today.Thank you and take care!