Seeking Custody Or Seeking To Modify A Custody Order?
A divorce or a separation is never easy for anyone, but it’s always hardest on the children. Maintaining a sense of stability and security is key to ensuring that your child makes a healthy adjustment to a new family structure.
The experienced attorneys at Williamson Law Firm, PLLC, are committed to helping parents create an effective legal strategy for child custody, and we are also committed to resolving every child custody dispute with as little contention as possible.
We Can Help You Settle Custody Out Of Court
Child custody disputes in the state of Texas are usually settled through out-of-court negotiations or mediation sessions usually conducted with the help of an experienced child custody lawyer. If a child custody arrangement cannot be settled out of court, it will be decided by the court. Parents who are divorcing in Texas save time and money by creating their own valid parenting plan through out-of-court negotiations.
What Must Be Included In A Parenting Plan?
After a separation or divorce, parents will have to create a parenting plan. Parenting plans must line up with the child’s best long-term interests. A valid plan must designate:
- A primary residence for the child
- Each parent’s responsibilities and duties for care, support and education for the child
- A way for the child’s daily life and activities to be maintained with minimal disruption
When parents cannot agree upon a parenting plan out of court, the court will order a parenting plan based on factors below.
- The child’s current and future physical, psychological and emotional needs
- Each parent’s readiness to work together, discuss and share in decision-making responsibilities
- Each parent’s role in the child’s life prior to the divorce
- The willingness of each parent to foster a positive relationship between the child and the child’s other parent
- The child’s preferences (if he or she is at least 12 years old)
Defining Sole And Joint Custody
The court decides if a divorced parent will have “sole” or “joint” custody. In Texas, custody cases begin with the legal presumption that joint custody is in the child’s best interests because it allows the child to maintain meaningful relationships with both parents. To award sole custody to one parent, the court must be persuaded by evidence and/or testimony that the child’s best interests are best served by awarding sole custody to one parent. In North Texas, if you expect a fight for the custody of your child or children, you need an experienced, skillful attorney by your side.
How Can A Child Custody Order Be Changed In Texas?
Over time, the circumstances of life are very likely to change for one or both parents. Over time, parenting plans and child custody orders almost inevitably become unusable or just plain out of date. The original child custody order may require modification if:
- Either parent must change jobs or move to another town or state.
- Either parent has been incarcerated.
- Another child has been born to either parent.
- The amount of time the child spends with either parent has significantly changed.
- The child care, educational or medical needs of the child have changed.
- Any factor emerges that substantially affects the child or the custody order.
You’ll need an experienced Texas child custody attorney to request a custody order modification from the court. Courts in Texas may hesitate to modify custody orders unless a parent can show that the modification being requested is in the best interests of the child.
What To Do If Your Co-Parent Doesn’t Comply
If your child’s other parent fails to comply or refuses to comply with the terms and conditions of a legal custody order, a Texas child custody attorney at Williamson Law Firm can notify the court on your behalf and initiate enforcement proceedings. In the state of Texas, the failure to adhere to a child custody order may result in contempt of court charges against the parent and penalties, including fines and even time in jail.
Why You Should Select Williamson Law Firm
- Top Family Law
Parents turn to us for legal help with child custody disputes and for help with the enforcement or modification of child custody orders.
- Best Resolution
We provide factual, honest legal advice, aggressive representation and will fight for the best interests of your child.
- Best Experience
Each lawyer with our practice is recognized for making us one of the best law firms in the state of Texas.
- Here To Help
The many positive reviews of our lawyers can be found on Avvo, Yelp and more.
Need Custody Help? Contact Us.
Get the legal help you need as swiftly as possible by arranging to speak with an experienced attorney at Williamson Law Firm. To schedule a consultation, call us at 469-385-3305 or complete the online contact form here on our website. We will not rest until your family law dispute is justly and fairly resolved.