Child Custody Attorneys Fighting For Your Rights

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
  • Relocation
  • Termination and adoption
  • Grandparents' rights
  • Paternity

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.

Meet Our Team 

Dedicated Legal Professionals
  • Mark M. Childress
  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen
  • Sarah E. Robbins
  • Konnor N. Lee
  • Laura E. Richardson
  • Melissa S. Mozingo
  • Amie M. Wilson
  • Kristie M. Falbo
  • Rick J. Mitchell
  • Kelsie Connell
  • Mark M. Childress Mark M. Childress

    Founding Attorney

    Honors & Awards Top Young Lawyers in Texas Tarrant County's Top Attorney's Top Attorneys – Fort Worth Magazine - 2008 TO ...
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  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen Desiree A. Hartwigsen

    Managing 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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  • Sarah E. Robbins Sarah E. Robbins

    Senior Litigator

    Sarah E. Robbins is the newest member of the team at the Law Offices 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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  • Konnor N. Lee Konnor N. Lee

    Supervising Attorney

    Konnor Lee was raised in Arlington, TX and attended the University of Arkansas , where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts ...
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  • Laura E. Richardson Laura E. Richardson

    Senior Litigator

    Raised in Westchester County, New York, by two corporate attorneys, attending law school after graduating from Dartmouth was ...
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  • Melissa S. Mozingo Melissa S. Mozingo

    Lead Litigator

    After working as a legal assistant for a year, Melissa knew she wanted to pursue a career in law. Melissa graduated from the ...
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  • Amie M. Wilson Amie M. Wilson

    Senior 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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  • Kristie M. Falbo Kristie M. Falbo

    Lead Litigator

    Associate Attorney Kristie M. Falbo is a Houston native who worked as a prosecutor for nine years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ...
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  • Rick J. Mitchell Rick J. Mitchell

    Senior Litigator

    Rick Mitchell graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2001, where he was a two-time member of the Dean’s ...
  • Kelsie Connell Kelsie Connell


    Kelsie grew up in Denton, Texas where she discovered her passion with helping others through law. Kelsie began as a legal ...
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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. 

  • Transparency

    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.

  • Top 10 Family Law Award 2022 - Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • Top Attorney Award winner at
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Award
  • Top 3 Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth - Three Best Rated
  • Top Attorneys
  • 360 West Top Attorneys
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth - Expertise 2020
  • Fort Worth Texas City Magazine - Top Attorneys
  • Rated by Super Lawyers - Rising Stars
  • Top 10 Business - Thervo
  • Client Champion 2020- Martindale Hubbell
  • Top Attorneys 2020 Rated by Fort Worth Magazine
  • Top Attorneys 2020 - Rated by 360 West Magazine
  • Best Divorce Lawyers in Fort Worth- Expertise 2021