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Child Custody Attorney in Fort Worth

Navigating an initial child custody agreement or pursuing a modification can be a challenging phase in one’s life. We are committed to simplifying this process for you, ensuring it is as straightforward as possible. We recognize that custody disputes, coupled with the financial uncertainties of single parenthood, can be particularly taxing.

Rest assured, our primary objective aligns with the legal standard—what is in the best interest of your child. Trust us to guide you through this journey with empathy and expertise. Your child’s well-being is our top priority.

How is Child Custody Determined in Texas

The legal standard in Texas is the ‘best interest of the child.’ If there is no agreement in place amongst the parents, the court looks to what the best situation for the child is to determine custody. 

Types of Child Custody in Texas

Joint Custody in Texas

If the court finds or the parties agree to joint managing conservatorship to be in the child’s best interest, the parties will share parental rights and obligations.  Either parent can make decisions regarding the child’s medical treatment and access to child’s medical records. Also, both parents can make decision regarding the child’s 

Sole Custody in Texas

If the court finds sole managing conservatorship to be in the child’s best interest, only one parent has the legal right to make certain decisions concerning the child. A parent appointed sole managing conservator has the exclusive rights to: the right to designate the primary residence; to right to consent to medical, dental, and surgical treatment; the right to consent to psychiatric or psychological treatment; the right to receive and give receipt for periodic payments; the right to represent the child in a legal action; the right to consent to marriage and enlistment; the right to make decisions concerning education; the right to services and earnings of the child; the right to act as agent; and the right to apply and possess the child’s passport.  

How can a child custody attorney help me?

In the complex realm of family law, the guidance of an experienced attorney is invaluable. Our seasoned family law attorneys not only offer sound legal advice but also craft a comprehensive roadmap tailored to meet your unique needs. We understand that each case is distinctive, and our commitment lies in diligently building the strongest case for you, with a paramount focus on securing the best possible outcome for your child.

Drawing upon a wealth of experience, our attorneys navigate the intricacies of family law to ensure that your case is approached with expertise and a deep understanding of the nuances involved. From initial consultations to courtroom representation, we are dedicated to providing you with unwavering support at every step of the legal process.

By choosing our services, you empower yourself with advocates who prioritize your interests and work tirelessly to safeguard the well-being of your child. We recognize the gravity of the situations our clients face, and our goal is not just to resolve legal matters but to do so with compassion, insight, and a commitment to achieving the most favorable results for you and your family. Trust in our expertise to guide you through the complexities of family law, offering you a sense of reassurance and confidence during what can be a challenging time in your life.

Contact a Trusted Child Custody Attorney

Our extensive experience spans across a diverse array of situations, equipping us with the knowledge and proficiency needed to address the unique complexities that may arise. Whether you are seeking guidance on an initial custody arrangement, contemplating a modification, or facing any other aspect of child custody disputes, our seasoned team of attorneys is well-versed in handling a broad spectrum of cases.

At our firm, we recognize the sensitivity and individuality of each child custody matter. Our commitment is not only to provide legal counsel but to tailor our approach to your specific circumstances, ensuring that we address your concerns comprehensively. We understand that navigating child custody issues can be emotionally charged and challenging, and we strive to make the process as smooth as possible for you.

By reaching out to us, you open the door to a free consultation where we can delve into the specifics of your case, offering you insights into the legal landscape and potential strategies to pursue. Your concerns and questions will be met with attentive understanding as we work collaboratively to chart the best course of action for your unique situation.

Feel free to contact us to schedule your complimentary appointment, where we can discuss your child custody concerns in detail and take the first step towards securing the best possible outcome for you and your child. Your peace of mind is our priority, and we are here to support you through every facet of the child custody process.

Frequently asked questions about child custody

The best interests of the child standard is widely used in family law to guide decisions related to custody arrangements. The Judge may consider factors such as the child’s age, emotional and physical well-being, stability of the home environment, each parent’s ability to provide care, and the child’s relationship with each parent are among the criteria that courts typically evaluate.

Unless the other parent moves out of the geographic restriction or lives out of the state, it’s not likely that the Judge will allow you to move out that far away from the other parent.

In Texas, the standard holiday possession visitation schedule is outlined in the Texas Family Code.  Keep in mind that parents can agree to different arrangements or, if necessary, the court may order modifications based on the best interests of the child. Here’s an overview of the standard holiday possession schedule in Texas:

  1. Thanksgiving:

    • Typically, the possessory conservator (non-primary parent) has the child for Thanksgiving in even-numbered years.
    • The managing conservator (primary parent) has the child for Thanksgiving in odd-numbered years.
  2. Christmas:

    • The Christmas holiday is divided into two parts.
    • The possessory conservator generally has the child from either the day school is dismissed for the Christmas vacation until noon on December 28th (in even-numbered years), or from noon on December 28th until school resumes (in odd-numbered years).
    • The managing conservator has the child during the other part of the Christmas holiday.
  3. Spring Break:

    • The possessory conservator usually has the child during the entire spring break in even-numbered years, and the managing conservator has the child during odd-numbered years.
  4. Summer Break:

    • The standard possession order allows the possessory conservator a 30-day extended summer possession, beginning the day after the child’s school year ends.

 

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Hiring an attorney for a child custody dispute is crucial to ensure your rights are protected and the best interests of your child are prioritized. Our attorneys at Crocker Russell & Associates bring legal expertise, familiarity with court procedures, and the ability to navigate complex family law matters. We provide strategic guidance, negotiate on your behalf, and, if necessary, advocate for you in court. 

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