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How to obtain custody after a relationship ends

In a Texas divorce case, there is a chance that both parents will obtain custody of their children. The first step in the child custody process is to learn more about what state law says about obtaining parental rights. Generally, the best interests of the child will determine who gets custody of a son or daughter. Courts will likely use a variety of factors such as the strength of the relationship between a parent and child when crafting their rulings.

If the child's other parent makes a formal request for custody, an individual will need to engage with the court. Parents can choose to represent themselves in a custody case or hire a family law attorney. Often, courts will have forms of legal assistance available to those who choose not to hire a lawyer. The court clerk will likely be able to give an individual the paperwork needed to file for custody or respond to a custody request.

Working with an attorney may be ideal for those who aren't sure what their rights are or how to pursue them. Prior to hiring legal counsel, individuals should inquire about payment options and what an attorney will charge for performing various tasks. It is also important to find someone who is a good communicator and who is passionate about the case.

Those who aren't granted custody of a child may still be granted visitation rights. In most cases, parents are allowed to have a relationship with their children regardless of what they think about each other. Typically, the only legitimate reason to deny custody or visitation rights is that granting them would put the child in danger. Custody or visitation orders may be changed if a judge believes that circumstances have changed since the original order was created.

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