Working to keep families connected, even after they split.
Decisions involving children can have lasting effects on their well-being and development. We represent spouses seeking a divorce, or never-married mothers/fathers, to find a solution for their parenting plan. If you are seeking child custody, or are a noncustodial parent looking for visitation rights, our experienced family law practice can help.
The Basics of Child Custody
Below are common forms of custody, awarded to one or more parents following a divorce:
Physical and Legal Custody
In many cases, physical custody is awarded to one parent, who also becomes the “custodial” parent. The child will live with this parent for the majority of the time. The custodial parent, however, shares legal custody with the “non-custodial” parent. Legal custody means that the non-custodial parent maintains the right to make religious, educational, or healthcare-related decisions for the child.
Joint custody refers to an arrangement where the child spends relatively equal time with both parents. This usually requires lots of cooperation between parents, as much more contact will be had between parents as the child moves between the two homes regularly. This can usually only be achieved if both parents are ready to reach an agreement and show the ability to cooperate during the custody case.
This is when only one parent holds both physical and legal custody of a child. Typically, this is awarded to a parent when the other parent is deemed abusive or absent.
Split custody involves more than one child, and is when each parent has physical custody of one or more child, effectively “splitting” the siblings across two homes. While courts prefer not to split siblings, this is a less common, but still legal custody ruling.
From the beginning, we seek common ground wherever possible; out-of-court solutions minimize the negative emotional toll a court case might have on you and your child. Ideally, both parties will cooperate in custody matters to do what is right by the child or children. This type of approach sets a positive tone for future dealings, promotes a smooth transition, and preserves relationships. However, when litigation becomes necessary, we take your case to court and advocate strongly on your behalf and in the best interest of your children.
Benefits of Choosing an Experienced Child Custody Lawyer
- We understand child custody laws: With a deep understanding of Texas child custody laws and visitation laws in the Texas Family Code, we know how to advocate for you in a way that works in favor of the law. Before negotiations begin, we can offer sound legal advice so you understand what the law says regarding your situation.
- We are expert negotiators: As family lawyers, we’ve experienced every type of case involving parents and children. We have seen what approaches are most effective, and are expertly-trained negotiators. You’ll benefit from our experience dealing with other attorneys, judges, mediators, and more both in and out of court.
- We advocate for you: Child custody and visitation cases can be emotionally taxing for parents. When you have a capable family lawyer on your side, you don’t have to worry about representing yourself. We can do it for you in a strong, clear, and effective way.
No matter the course your case takes, you need smart, tough, seasoned legal professionals on your side. You need support that is responsive to your needs and creates practical, lasting solutions.