Child Custody

Disputes over child custody and visitation can be some of the most contentious and difficult family law matters. These disputes may arise during a divorce case or as a separate dispute called a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship. Even years after the divorce is final or your custody orders are signed, disagreements can lead to further litigation in the form of enforcements and modifications.

Under Texas law, the court starts with a presumption that joint managing conservatorship is in the best interest of the child or children. Joint managing conservatorship in Texas does not necessarily mean that the parents will equally split physical possession of their child. Instead, the focus is on important rights to make decisions which will impact the children.

In the majority of child custody cases, one parent will be ordered to pay child support to the other parent. The state of Texas has statutory guidelines which provide a basic formula for the amount of child support to be paid by one parent to the other. This formula is based on the number of children involved and the paying parent’s net resources. However, the court has the ability to deviate from the guideline to go above or below the presumed amount for a variety of reasons.

If you are faced with a possible child custody dispute, you should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. Litigating child custody disputes can be lengthy and expensive. You need a lawyer who will do their best to resolve your custody dispute in a way that is fair to both parents. We have assisted parents in every variety of child custody dispute from amicable shared custody arrangements to high-stakes, contested move-away cases. We have the knowledge and experience to help you get the right result in your child custody matter. If you are facing a custody matter and have questions, contact our office now.

Contact us now to discuss your case or schedule a consultation by phone at (512) 201-4083 or email to consult@centraltexaslawyers.com