Victoria County Child Custody Attorney
Also Serving Parents in DeWitt, Jackson, Goliad & Calhoun counties
Child custody and visitation can be one of the most stressful and emotionally-charged issues for divorcing or unmarried parents. It can be especially difficult for LGBT couples as well where an unadopted child is not biologically related to one of the parents. This issue can be threatening to you as a parent because of the dramatic and long-term impact it can have for both you and your child(ren). If you are facing this issue and/or are in a dispute over it with the other party, it is essential that you have the guidance and support of a family law attorney who is well-versed in Texas law, how the courts view this issue, and how these factors can impact your case.
At The Pall Law Firm, we will stand behind and help you through this highly emotional matter with steady hands and beneficial legal experience. Whether you desire sole or joint custody or special accommodations, we can help you learn your rights and work through the issues to the benefit of you and your children. Having handled numerous cases of child custody, we vow to help you with dedicated representation and empathetic service.
Request a confidential consultation with our Victoria County child custody lawyer through our online form or by calling us at (361) 298-3435.
How Is Child Custody Determined in Texas?
Texas has abandoned the word “custody” in reference to children with the idea of “conservatorship.” This label defines the rights and responsibilities of parents in regard to children as granted by a judge.
The various types of conservatorship in Texas can include:
- Joint managing conservatorship. This is the most common type of arrangement giving both parents the right to make major decisions about issues affecting the child, such as education, religion, heath care, and other important matters. However, it does not necessarily provide for equal time spent with both parents. One parent may be granted primary access to a child while the other has secondary access. That is done through a Possession Order that outlines the extent of visitation time to be granted to a parent.
- Sole managing conservatorship. This grants the authority to make decisions about the child to only one parent. This generally occurs when a parent has a history of family violence, substance abuse, child abuse or neglect.
- Possessory conservatorship. This refers to what is otherwise known as physical custody. Parents can create a plan for how a child will spend time with each of them. Standard possession orders are common which set forth a detailed schedule based on proximity of the parents’ homes. These orders do not always apply to children under the age of three. Also, where a standard possession is deemed inappropriate to the situation, the terms can be changed. Courts can place restrictions on a parent’s access to a child where it believes it is best for the child’s safety.
Texas courts base child custody orders based on the underlying principle of what is in the child’s best interests. Time spent with both parents is generally considered optimum by the courts unless some factor rules against this. Judges will review many factors on a case-by-case basis when determining this issue. It is also important to understand that denial of court-ordered access to a child by a parent will be taken seriously by the courts.
Ready to discuss your child custody case? Connect with The Pall Law Firm online or at (361) 298-3435 today.
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