Determining custody arrangements is never easy on parents, especially after a divorce, when emotions are already running high. At the Law Office of Dan Kirby, we are aware of the challenges that parents face when deciding who gets custody and for how long. Our family law firm can work with you to craft an effective parenting plan that is in your child's interests, while keeping in mind your overall parental goals. Talk to a Houston divorce attorney on our team to learn more about protecting your parental rights.
Parents are encouraged to come to an agreement regarding child custody matters. Otherwise, a court will have to make a decision for you based on what they believe is in the child's best interests. In most cases, the law prefers that both parents have equal access to a child unless there is a history of abuse or neglect. A skilled divorce lawyer from our law firm can help you and your spouse find a fair and sound custody solution.
In Texas, there are two different categories of child custody:
Factors that affect child custody arrangements include:
If you are currently discussing conservatorship and possession and access issues with the other parent, it is important to work with a Houston child custody lawyer who knows how to protect your interests during negotiations as well as litigation. We can create customized solutions that work for you and your family. Our team understands the challenges of planning out custody, including how to divide time between holidays, weekends, school vacations, and other occasions throughout the year. We are also sensitive to parenting subjects such as education, religion, medical issues, and other unique dynamics that each family has. Each plan is crafted thoughtfully and with your child's best interests in mind.
A parent is not allowed to deny the other parent his or her visitation rights, even if the other parent has not paid child support. If a parent is refusing to grant you access to your child, you should speak with an attorney about enforcing your custody order.
A parent can only legally deny visitation in very extreme cases, such as if the other parent poses a danger to the child, is abusive, or has a history of substance abuse. Courts do not take denial of visitation lightly, so it is important that you contact the authorities or talk to an attorney if you believe your child may be in danger from visiting a parent.
If you are relocating, it is important that you work with an attorney to modify child custody before relocating with your child. You may be held in violation of your existing custody order if you do not follow the modification process and receive permission from the court.
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