Not long ago, Texas family courts almost always granted primary custody to the mother and provided the father with visitation rights. More recently, courts have become more enlightened regarding these issues. Whenever possible, they prefer that both parents play a major role in their children's lives following divorce.
At the law firm of M. J. Hill & Associates, PLLC, in San Marcos, Texas, we use our solutions-oriented approach to help our clients achieve practical custody and visitation arrangements. By reaching an agreement without going to court, parents keep more control over the critical decisions that will shape their post-divorce lives with their children.
Call us at 512-212-4916 to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.
Vigorously Protecting Your Parental Rights
If you are unable to reach an agreement with your spouse, we will advocate for you in family court. Ultimately, the court determines what is in the "best interest" of your children. This process may include court-ordered assessments by a child psychologist or another qualified professional. The court may consider the following factors:
- Child's desires
- Emotional and physical needs of the child, now and in the future
- Emotional and physical dangers to the child, now and in the future
- Parental abilities of the individuals seeking custody
- Plans for the child by the individuals seeking custody
- Stability of the home or proposed placement
- Custody of siblings
The court is not limited to these factors, nor do they apply in every case. Ensuring the proper considerations are taken into account by the judge is necessary to protect your rights. Our experience in family court assures you that your argument will be heard and your rights protected.
Issues Involving Parenting Time And Custody
We work with clients on a wide range of issues and agreements involving care of minor children, including:
Visitation schedules — The state legislature has created a standard "possession schedule" that defines where the child lives and when the other parent has custody. However, this schedule does not conform to every family's needs. We can help you obtain a parenting time that suits your family's needs.
Modifications to existing agreements — As your child grows, situations change. Your child may begin to participate in different activities, one parent's work schedule may change, or one parent may move to a new city or town. We can work to ensure that your rights are protected and obtain a modification if necessary.
International and Interstate Issues — Our firm has experience with enforcement of out-of-state and international family law orders in Texas.
Enforcement of a court order — If another parent is interfering with your possession of or access to your child, we can seek to obtain an order that compels that person to comply with the terms of the order.
Parental Alienation — this is an important issue and needs to be handled immediately. Parental alienation is damaging to the child's health, safety and emotional well-being.
Relocation — When a parent gets a promotion or a new job opportunity that requires them to move, most often a modification will need to be made to the custody agreement.
Contact A Visitation Attorney Serving Hays County
Call 512-212-4916 to schedule an appointment with our experienced child custody lawyer.