Determining Child Custody in Texas
Rockwall Child Custody Attorney
Child custody is rarely settled amicably or quickly in a divorce. Divorcing parents often feel upset over the rulings of child custody, and pleasing both parties can be difficult. Courts in Texas look into what arrangements can serve the best interests of the child when determining custody. If you are unable to reach a resolution for custody and visitation during
mediation, you may need to enter into a custody lawsuit. These legal proceedings can be complex, and the Texas laws governing custody can be difficult to understand. Rely on my extensive trial experience and retain me as your
Rockwall divorce lawyer if you enter into a custody lawsuit.
Serving the Best Interests of the Child
If a child of divorcing parents is over the age of 12, he or she may be allowed to decide which parent they would prefer to live with, at least for a majority of the custody arrangement. A judge will take into consideration multiple aspects of family life when determining a child custody case.
Factors that may affect a judge's decision include:
- Any history of abuse
- The health of the parents
- The income of each of the parents
- The relationships between the parents and child
- The location where each parent lives
If granted custody of your child, you may have to comply with a court order that protects the visitation rights of the non-custodial parent. If both parents still have rights to the child, they may have to discuss aspects of rearing the child, including schooling, medical care and religion. Most Texas courts encourage the involvement of both parents in a child's life and issue court orders to have the child maintain contact with non-custodial parents. If you know that it is in your child's best interests to remain in your custody, you need to immediately work with a Rockwall divorce lawyer from the Law Offices of J. Cameron Cowan.
Modifications to Custody Orders
Modifications to custody arrangements can be difficult to obtain and require additional legal actions, which is why it is important to enlist the help of my firm so that you can be granted the best outcome prior to the completion of the court order. When you work with my firm, I can help you argue your case and prove that you are the right choice for custody of your child. Non-custodial parents may still be required to pay child support, even if they only see the child on a limited basis.
At the Law Offices of J. Cameron Cowan, I can make sure that your child's best interests are kept in mind and that you receive a favorable outcome for your custody case. It is important that you contact my firm right away and schedule your
free 30-minute evaluation with a child custody attorney now.