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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 Dallas child custody 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.

Do I Need an Attorney for Child Custody in Texas?

While having a child custody lawyer for custody in Texas is not legally required, it's generally recommended.

A child custody lawyer can help you navigate the legal process, collect evidence, and complete documents. They can also provide support throughout the process.

At Verner Brumley Mueller Parker PC, our Dallas child custody lawyers share your concerns. We work diligently to help our clients achieve custody and visitation arrangements that are in the best interests of their children.

Get Started on Your Conservatorship Arrangement Today by Calling Our Dallas Child Custody Lawyers at (214) 225-6766 or Contacting Us Online.

Understanding Texas Child Custody Laws

When it comes to child custody in Texas, it's important to have a clear understanding of the state's laws and regulations. Our team of experienced child custody lawyers is well-versed in Texas family law and can provide you with the guidance and support you need to navigate the legal process.

Some key points to consider about Texas child custody laws include:

  • The best interests of the child are the primary consideration in custody decisions
  • Texas recognizes both sole and joint custody arrangements
  • Visitation rights and parenting plans are important aspects of custody agreements
  • Enforcement of custody and visitation orders is crucial for maintaining parental rights

By working with our Dallas child custody lawyer, you can ensure that your parental rights are protected and that the best interests of your children are prioritized throughout the legal process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you with your custody issues.

We encourage you to schedule an initial consultation as soon as possible. Courts in Dallas, 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 Dallas family law attorney on your side can make a difference in the result you obtain.

Results-Oriented Legal Representation for Custody Issues Involving Children in Texas

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 a significant emotional and financial toll on both parents. Our team of child custody lawyers is prepared to lay out your legal options and provide our opinion regarding the likely outcome of your custody 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 Dallas, 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.

Sole vs. Joint Custody in Texas

In Texas, custody arrangements are pivotal decisions in divorce or separation cases, often dictating the rights and responsibilities of parents regarding their children. The state recognizes two primary forms of custody: sole and joint custody.

  • Sole custody grants one parent exclusive rights and responsibilities concerning the child's upbringing, including decisions regarding education, healthcare, and religion. In most cases, the non-custodial parent retains visitation rights, allowing them to maintain contact with their child. Texas courts may grant sole custody if one parent is deemed unfit or if it's in the child's best interests to limit contact with one parent due to issues like abuse or neglect.
  • Conversely, joint custody, also known as shared custody, involves both parents sharing legal and/or physical custody of the child. Physical custody refers to where the child resides, while legal custody refers to decision-making authority. Post-divorce, joint custody provides stability and continuity for children by ensuring both parents remain involved in their lives.

In Texas, joint custody is favored by the courts unless it's determined to be contrary to the child's best interests or if one parent is unfit. In order to share custody and make decisions about the child's welfare, parents may be encouraged by courts to collaborate and create a parenting plan. The court will intervene if parents cannot agree and make custody decisions based on the child's best interests. Ultimately, whether sole or joint custody is awarded, Texas family courts prioritize the well-being and welfare of the child above all else.

What is Interfering With Child Custody in Texas?

Interference with child custody in Texas happens when a non-custodial parent knowingly entices or persuades a child to leave the possession of the custodial parent, guardian, or another legally recognized stand-in. Interference appears when someone takes or keeps a child under 18 years old, knowing it violates a court order or judgment.

If you are working through any of these complex issues, it is important to have a skilled legal team on your side. Our child custody lawyers 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 in Dallas

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 Dallas, Texas. Our Dallas family law firm aggressively represents parents in these cases. If a parent is preparing to relocate with a child without the approval of the court, our Dallas family law attorneys 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

Can Police Enforce Child Visitation Orders in Texas?

Yes, police can enforce child custody orders in Texas.

However, many Dallas law enforcement won't get involved and will refer you to family court.

To enforce a visitation order, you must show that you followed it exactly as it is written. You must also show that the other parent was not following the ruling.

Our Dallas Child Custody Lawyer Place the Interests of Children Above Everything

At Verner Brumley Mueller Parker PC, our Dallas lawyers understand the special place your children have in your life. When we represent you, our child custody attorneys will work to build a strong custody 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 Legal Team Will Do Everything We Can to Achieve an Outcome That is in the Best Interest of Your Children. Contact Us Online or Call Our Dallas Child Custody Lawyers Today at (214) 225-6766!

Why Choose Us?

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  • 100+ Years of Combined Experience

    Our team is uniquely equipped with the experience and insight of seasoned veterans and the agility of some of the brightest minds in law.

  • Adapting to Your Needs

    Whether you prefer to visit us in one of our offices or meet using video conference, we're ready to help you in any capacity you need.

  • A Team-Based, Collaborative Environment

    Our clients always come first. We work with you as a team to determine a strategy to help achieve your goals while keeping a realistic view.

  • Integrity & Honesty Are Everything

    From our first meeting to the conclusion of your case, we stand by the quality of our work. We always strive to do right by our clients.

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