Southlake Child Custody Attorneys
Advocating for Your Parental Rights in South Texas
At The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, we are committed to protecting your parental rights and your child’s best interests no matter whether you are an unwed parent or are going through a divorce. Our child custody attorneys stay up to date with changes in laws and policies that can affect parental rights so we can effectively serve you at every step of your case.
We understand your concerns for your child’s well-being, and our team tailors recommendations and legal solutions to your specific situation. Each of our clients’ family dynamics is unique and we make sure to thoroughly assess your needs and goals to design an appropriate course of action.
Our family law attorneys can help you with any child custody matters, including:
- Joint custody
- Sole custody
- Termination and adoption
- Grandparents' rights
Texas law can refer to child custody cases as conservatorship. Many factors play a role in this type of situation, and our family law attorneys understand their complexity. We also have experience working with parents who do not have traditional work hours, including those serving in the military or law enforcement. No matter your type of employment, we can help you determine what visitation and access schedule works for your family.
Do you need a compassionate child custody attorney in Southlake? Contact The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, today at (817) 497-8148 to schedule a consultation. Se Habla Español.
Texas’s Best Interests of the Child Standard
Under the Texas Status, the primary factor in a judge’s child custody ruling is the child’s best interest. While courts usually uphold co-parenting or joint managing conservators, their main concern is the child’s well-being.
Texas family courts consider the following factors in a child custody case:
- The child’s wishes if they are at least 12 years old
- The child’s health, safety, and welfare
- The quality of the child’s relationship with each parent
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child and focus on their best interests
A judge may consider additional factors if necessary. If both parents have parents show active interest and capability to focus on their child’s best interests, a court usually supports continuous contact between the child and both parents.
Before getting to this stage, we recommend negotiations and mediation. It can be difficult for children to see their parents go through a contentious custody battle, especially when a resolution could potentially be reached another way. Our skilled and compassionate child custody attorneys in Fort Worth are prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect your rights and that of your child.
Joint Versus Sole Custody
Joint custody involves both joint legal custody and joint physical custody. Legal custody affects your child’s upbringing, including education, healthcare, and religion. Physical custody concerns where your child resides, although joint physical custody does not require that your child evenly splits their time between your and your former spouse’s household.
If you and your spouse are considering joint custody, we recommend that you spend time carefully reviewing how to make a parenting schedule and other child custody details work for the long term. Our attorneys are available to give you advice and participate in negotiations with your co-parent
Texas courts rarely approve sole custody unless one parent is:
- Physically or emotionally abusive
- Serving jail time
- Dealing with an uncontrolled substance abuse disorder
After your divorce, a Texas judge may only agree to modify a child custody order in specific cases, like a substantial change in the circumstances of the child’s or a parent’s life, or one parent voluntarily terminates their parental rights. If a child is 12 years old or older and desires a change to the current custody or visitation arrangements, a court may also review the case.
If a custodial parent wants to move out of state, the other parent must give their consent. The parent who is planning to move must give a notice period of 30 to 90 days to their co-parent Both parents must agree on a revised visitation schedule and seek approval from a judge. Texas courts usually consider the distance that the relocation may cause and whether this serves the child’s best interests.
Contact The Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, today at (817) 497-8148 to schedule an appointment to discuss your child custody situation in Southlake. Se Habla Español.
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.
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.
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.
Our team understands that no two cases are the same. Your strategy will be tailored specifically to you and your family's goals.