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Child Custody Attorneys in Fort Worth

Protecting the Rights of Parents in Tarrant, Johnson, Wise, & Parker Counties

Parent with childUnlike homes, cars, and money, your children cannot be replaced. Whether you are an unwed parent seeking to protect your parental rights or a divorcing parent concerned about your child's future, it is important to have the counsel of a knowledgeable family law attorney.

At the Law Office of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, we recognize how important it is for you to balance your own interests with those of your children and to find a parenting arrangement that achieves that harmony. Whether that can be achieved through an amicable settlement or it is necessary to fight it out in court, we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect your rights.

Schedule a consultation with our Fort Worth child custody lawyers today by calling (817) 497-8148.

Personalized Representation for Your Child Custody Matters

There is nothing more personal than your relationship with your children. We understand how important this is to you and will provide you with the one-on-one representation you need from a knowledgeable attorney.

We handle all aspects of child custody, including:

Our Fort Worth child custody attorneys will identify your goals as a parent as well as the needs of your child to make sure that a favorable settlement or verdict can be reached.

Creative Custody Schedules

In our global economy, parents’ schedules are drifting away from the traditional 9 to 5, especially for parents with occupations in law enforcement, emergency services, or the military. One of our strengths is our ability to work with both parents to arrive at custody schedules that preserve parent-child relationships despite the challenges presented by their schedules.

Joint Custody

There are two components to joint custody: joint legal custody and joint physical custody. Joint legal custody empowers both parents to make decisions about how their child is raised and cared for. This includes decisions about education, health care, and religion.

Joint physical custody refers to where the child lives. Joint custody does not necessarily mean that the child will live with each parent 50% of the time. Arrangements can be made to fit the needs of all parties – most importantly the children.

The key to making any joint custody arrangement successful and long-lasting is to put in the time on the front end to understand the needs of everyone involved. This is a strength of our Fort Worth child custody attorneys, as we are committed to providing our clients with the attentive service they deserve.

Sole Custody

"I want sole custody." This is perhaps one of the most uttered phrases by parents who are approaching a divorce or separation. However, decisions regarding child custody, visitation, possession, and access will not be made based on what the parents want – they will be made according to Texas family law, which bases custody decisions on the child’s best interests.

In almost all cases, sole custody will not meet that standard. The default view is that it is in the best interest of the child to have both parents playing an active role in their life.

Exceptions to that rule include situations where a parent is:

  • Physically or emotionally abusive
  • Incarcerated
  • Struggling with uncontrolled substance abuse

In our experience, most parents who use the term "sole custody" are really seeking primary physical custody. This is a much more realistic goal than sole custody in almost all cases. If you believe it is in your best interest to be the primary caregiver for your child while the other parent has visitation and access rights, we can help you explore your options.

Texas Laws Regarding Parental Relocation & Child Custody

In Texas, if there are no pre-existing legal prohibitions, it may be possible for a custodial parent to move out of the state with his or her child. However, the other parent may need to provide consent before the move can be made. Additionally, both parents will likely have to agree on a revised visitation schedule with a judge’s approval. Courts will consider a variety of factors before deciding whether to allow the move if the noncustodial parent objects.

If a child is to be moved out of state, a court may reject the move on those grounds alone. This may be true even if the child is being moved just beyond state lines. Another factor may be how far the child is being moved. For instance, if the child is being moved less than 100 miles, the move may be allowed.

Assuming there was no prior consent to move the child, the custodial parent may need to inform the other parent about the move in writing before leaving. The notice period is typically between 30 to 90 days before the move. If the custodial parent objects and there are no existing orders that establish a geographical restriction, the move may be allowed. However, this move must be proven to be in good faith. Examples of good faith include moving to an area with a lower cost of living or moving to take a new job.

Our attorneys are here for residents of Tarrant County, Johnson County, Wise County, & Parker County.

For a consultation with our family lawyers, call (817) 497-8148 or contact us online today.

Meet Our Team 

Dedicated Family Law Professionals
  • Mark M. Childress
  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen
  • Elizabeth C. Barr
  • Sarah E. Robbins
  • Amie M. Wilson
  • Mark M. Childress Mark M. Childress

    Founding Attorney

    Areas of Practice Divorce Complex Divorce Family Law Custody & Visitation Property Division Adoption Military Divorce ...
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  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen Desiree A. Hartwigsen

    Associate Attorney

    Desiree A. Hartwigsen grew up in Stephenville, Texas where she graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During her time at Tarleton, Desiree studied abroad in London, England at Queen Mary’s University where she studied Comparative Criminal Justice.
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  • Elizabeth C. Barr Elizabeth C. Barr

    Associate Attorney

    Elizabeth C. Barr is a Dallas/Fort Worth native. She attended college at the University of North Texas where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Elizabeth’s eagerness to learn lead her to law school at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree. While in law school Elizabeth knew she wanted to practice family law.
  • Sarah E. Robbins Sarah E. Robbins

    Associate Attorney

    Sarah E. Robbins is the newest member of the team at the Law Office of Mark M. Childress, PLLC. She was born and raised in Colorado where she graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a minor in communications. After a visit to her uncle’s law office at the age of six, Sarah decided to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and become a lawyer.
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  • Amie M. Wilson Amie M. Wilson

    Paralegal

    Amie began working in family law as a receptionist in a small private practice where she was tasked with answering the telephone, corresponding with clients and court staff and handling a multitude of other administrative duties. Amie’s ability to multitask and her attention to detail lead her to be tasked with handling an overflow of paralegal work.
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Why Choose Us for Your Family Matters?

  • Direct Access To Your Attorney

    Our Attorneys personally handle each case themselves. You will have direct access to your attorney to be able to get the answers that you need. 

  • Transparancy

    Honesty and transparency are critical in building trust with your attorney. You will always know what is going on with your case every step of the way.

  • Team Oriented

    At our firm you're not just a case number, our staff will always know the status of your case and help to make your situation more manageable.

  • Personalized Approach

    Our team understands that no two cases are the same. Your strategy will be tailored specifically to you and your family's goals.

  • Rated by Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
  • Fort Worth Texas City Magazine - Top Attorneys
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth - Expertise 2020
  • Top Attorneys 2020 - Rated by 360 West Magazine
  • Client Champion 2020- Martindale Hubbell