Take heart in the fact that Texas law puts the needs of your child first. Every decision regarding child custody should be filtered through one question: What is in the best interest of the child? The problem, of course, is that each parent likely has a different perspective. At the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker, we will make certain your voice is heard and your relationship with your child is protected.
Understanding Texas Child Custody Laws
As you move into the legal process, it is important to acquaint yourself with the correct terminology and legal issues. For example, Texas law does not use the term “child custody.” The correct term is conservatorship. Parents are conservators, not custodians.
In most cases, it is agreed that the best outcome for the child is to maintain a relationship with each parent, such as some form of joint managing conservatorship. Under this arrangement, both parents will spend time raising the child and participate in making the decisions important to the child’s upbringing. The amount of time each parent spends with the child may not be equal, depending on various facts and circumstances. The goal is to reach an outcome that seems like a continuation of current healthy parent-child relationships.
Our family law attorneys are prepared to handle the most challenging cases, even where there are allegations of parental alienation (this is when one parent is attempting to turn the child against the other parent), or when one parent wants to relocate with the child.
We handle child custody cases in conjunction with divorce. We also represent unmarried parents in paternity actions and related child custody issues.
Modification And Enforcement
Conservatorship is not permanent. The law recognizes that circumstances change. If you have encountered a change in work schedule or some other issue that requires an update to conservatorship arrangements, we can help. Our lawyers can also represent you if you need to enforce child custody arrangements or if you are the target of an enforcement action.