Protecting You And Your Children In Custody Cases
Any divorce or breakup can be challenging, but when there are children involved, there is another level of complexity to work through. The child’s well-being is the most important consideration, regardless of how the parents feel about each other. And, Texas courts will employ the ”best interests of the child” standard to resolve any disputes.
I know that custody cases are difficult, and I try to keep the focus on the children’s needs so we can all come to an agreement about conservatorship, possession and access, and support. In these cases, it is especially important to put differences aside and work together to create a viable parenting plan.
Leaving the decision up to a judge is a last resort because the judge will not know much about your unique family circumstances. I will work hard to keep your case out of the courtroom. Let’s speak today and discuss your specific custody needs.
The Initial Custody Order
Under Texas family law, in all custody cases, the court looks at what is in the best interests of the child. If you and the other parent can create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child, the judge will most likely approve it.
Therefore, it is best when we can work together with the other parent to craft an agreement that takes into account your family’s unique needs while meeting the child’s best interests. This process, which is typically handled through negotiation or mediation, is less stressful for all parties, especially the children.
Modifications To Custody Orders
Children’s needs and wants change over time, so it is very common for people to make adjustments to their parenting plan. You may need to amend your parenting plan to address issues such as:
- A change in the child’s or parents’ health
- A change in a parent’s financial situation
- The evolving needs of the child
- The child’s wish to live with or spend more time with the other parent
- One parent’s desire to relocate
It is usually a good idea to speak with a family lawyer before requesting a change to the parenting plan. The law may have changed, or you may not get the result you want if you try to change things without an attorney’s guidance.
My Commitment To Children And Families Began Many Years Ago
I have always been an advocate for children. I was a schoolteacher and then a dean in the Houston public school system before going to law school. This experience with parents, children, and their communities informs my legal practice today. You can trust in my experience and my commitment to your family.