We Can Help You Manage Schedules And Maintain Relationships In Child Custody
Custody agreements in Texas assume that one parent will have primary physical custody of the children, whereas the other parent will pay child support payments. This does not mean, however, that the noncustodial parent will never see his or her children. Barring extenuating circumstances like abuse or addiction, Texas law allows the noncustodial parent to maintain specified visitation rights.
Our sharp legal team at Law Thompson, P.C., can help clients create a custody and visitation plan that serves the best interests of the children while allowing appropriate contact between the children and both parents. Call us at 281-369-8665 to discuss the circumstances of your child custody situation.
How Is Custody Decided?
Custody and visitation arrangements can either be decided independently by the parents or by the courts. Generally, such decisions hinge upon what is considered to be in the “best interest” of the child, including factors such as:
- Family, school or community connections
- The child’s stated wishes
- The health and/or addiction status of either parent
- The comparative stability of each home
- Relationships with other household members
That said, physical custody is not the same thing as legal custody. Even a parent who does not have joint or sole custody of his or her child still maintains legal custody, meaning that he or she is entitled to make decisions about the care and upbringing of the children. Such issues frequently arise when one parent wishes to relocate the child out of state.
Custody can be a difficult and emotional part of negotiating the terms of a divorce. But with the help of an experienced and attentive attorney like Travis Thompson, you can create a productive arrangement that prioritizes the well-being of your children.
Clarifying Custody For Unmarried Couples
For parents in Texas who have children but were never married, physical custody will be granted to the mother, with the father allowed visitation rights. However, before the father can exercise these visitation rights, he may have to undergo DNA testing to establish legal paternity over any child(ren) in question. Houston child custody lawyer Travis Thompson can guide unmarried couples through the necessary steps to secure a fair and durable child custody agreement. Travis Thompson is a certified family law specialist, something that is rare among family law practitioners.
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Call us to schedule a consultation to discuss your child custody and visitation concerns. Email us or call our Houston office at 281-369-8665. We represent clients in Harris County, Montgomery County and Fort Bend County.