Child Custody Attorney in Dallas
Helping Clients Create Texas Conservatorships
Life changes when you become a parent. If you are like most parents, providing a stable and loving environment for your children is your number one priority. But sometimes things don’t go as planned. If you are facing a child custody issue, you need a skilled and aggressive attorney to protect you and your child’s future. Texas family law refers to child custody arrangements as conservatorships, but the legal process is similar to legal custody arrangements.
At Verner Brumley Mueller Parker PC, we share your concerns. We work diligently to help our clients achieve custody and visitation arrangements that are in the best interests of their children.
We encourage you to schedule an initial consultation as soon as possible. Courts in Texas always decide custody and visitation matters in ways that are in the “best interest” of the children. For this reason, it is important that your case is presented to the court in a compelling, professional, and effective manner. Having an experienced family law attorney on your side can make a difference in the result you obtain.
Results-Oriented Representation for Issues Involving Children
We believe that negotiated solutions provide significant benefits to both children and parents, we also undertake and defend litigation involving these issues. We also have extensive experience in cases involving contentious child custody disputes that can exact significant emotional and financial toll on both parents. Our team of attorneys is prepared to lay out your legal options and provide our opinion regarding the likely outcome of your case. When needed, we draw upon the knowledge and skills of experts in various disciplines, such as child psychologists, child behavior specialists and educators.
There are different types of custody, which is called conservatorship in Texas. Courts will determine rights and responsibilities for each parent, including:
- The residence of the child
- Support payments (if applicable)
- Educational decisions
- Medical decisions
Usually, one parent has primary possession while the other has a standard possession order. However, Texas laws surrounding this have changed and society has evolved. It is now possible to have a possession order in which neither parent’s residence is designated as the primary one. Instead, a geographic restriction is set to prevent moving the child’s residence outside a defined area. This, however, is something that needs to be set up on an individual basis.
If you are working through any of these complex issues, it is important to have a skilled legal team on your side. Our attorneys have decades of experience representing parents in settlement negotiations, collaborative law sessions and litigation. We are prepared to apply our extensive experience on your behalf immediately.
Enforcement of Conservatorship & Visitation Orders
If a parent who is subject to a custody/conservatorship order fails to comply with that order, the other parent can go to court to enforce it. This includes custody orders issued by courts in other states which cover parents who now live in Texas. Our law firm aggressively represents parents in these cases. If a parent is preparing to relocate with a child without the approval of the court, we can seek to obtain an emergency order to prevent the relocation until the court has time to adjudicate the matter.
Helping Families Develop Workable Parenting Plans
Child custody can be one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce to resolve. In the process of developing a shared parenting plan, the parents may not always see eye to eye on all issues. It is very important that parents work through their differences and reach agreement on all parenting issues whenever possible. If they can’t, the court will make the decision for them. We have been successful helping our clients avoid litigation by negotiating workable agreements that seek to accommodate everyone’s needs.
Among the items addressed in a shared parenting plan are:
- A schedule for overnights with each parent
- Holiday schedules, including spring and summer breaks
- Terms for how to handle unexpected schedule changes or parent unavailability
- Decision-making authority for day-to-day issues that arise
- Decision-making authority for issues such as education, religious upbringing and extracurricular activities
- Pick-up and drop-off arrangements between the parents
- Child support provisions, including day care, health insurance and school expenses
We Place the Interests of Children Above Everything Else
At Verner Brumley Mueller Parker PC, we understand the special place your children have in your life. When we represent you, our attorneys will work to build a strong case designed to achieve your goals and help you deepen your relationship with your children. We are effective advocates in family court who can all upon experts such as child psychologists, child development specialists, educators and therapists who address behavioral problems in children.
Our team will do everything we can to achieve an outcome that is in the best interest of your children. Call us today at (214) 225-6766.