What is a "residence restriction" in a divorce case? A residency restriction applies to the children of a divorcing couple, not to the custodial parent. Often the Judge will impose a restriction as to where a child's domicile will be. In Tarrant County the judges often limit the child's residency to Tarrant and contiguous counties (counties that touch Tarrant County.) But the restriction can be much smaller than that. Sometimes a judge might limit the child's residency to just Tarrant County, and sometimes the restriction could be as limited as a restriction to a specific school district. The effect of the residency restriction affects the parent who may determine the child's residence. However, the restriction will not and cannot limit where a person can live. But the effect is that if the primary parent wants to move, he/she has to leave the children behind with the other parent. This defeats any argument that the court is illegally and unconstitutionally limiting where a United States citizen may live.