Divorce Attorney Handling Complex Child Custody Matters in Denton County, Frisco and Lewisville
Establishing a child custody arrangement can be one of the most difficult parts of a divorce. It can also be extremely challenging for parents who were never married. Typically, both parents wish to spend a substantial amount of time with their child or children; and in many cases, they find it very hard to come to an agreement with each other, especially when the relationship between them has broken down beyond repair.
Strong and deeply-rooted feelings of anger, hurt, fear, and sometimes spite may factor into one or both parents’ motivations in pursuing a difficult custody situation. Additionally, many parents have several misunderstandings and misconceptions regarding custody laws in Texas, which may further compound feelings of angst and despair.
Reasonable But Aggressive
As a compassionate, experienced, and successful family law attorney, it is important for me to educate and help my clients see beyond the painful emotions and misunderstandings about the law. Therefore, when it comes to the negotiation of custody arrangements, I encourage and work with each of my clients to try to amicably reach a custody agreement with the other parent before entering into expensive and time-consuming litigation.
However, there are some instances where agreement is unlikely or impossible. In these instances – when the best interests of my clients and their children are in jeopardy – I do not hesitate to litigate the matter as aggressively as necessary.
As With All Matters of Custody and Visitation, the Best Interests of the Child Will Always Guide the Court’s Decisions
No matter what your goals for child custody are, keep in mind that the courts of the state of Texas will always consider the best interests of the child as the number one deciding factor in establishing child custody. In fact, this is specifically codified in Section 153.022 of the Texas Family Code , which states that:
“The best interest of the child shall always be the primary consideration of the court in determining the issues of conservatorship and possession of and access to the child.”
As indicated on the firm’s Custody Page, it is so important to remember that before the court issues any custody order, it must determine whether the order takes into consideration this guiding principle. In reaching a determination in this regard, the court will consider a number of factors, including the following:
- The age of the children and parents
- Where the children go to school
- The particular needs of each child
- The children’s preferences (the court gives more weight to the opinion of older children)
- The ability of one or both parents to maintain the daily routine and schedule
- The physical condition of the children’s home
- The physical and mental health of the children and parents
- The relationship between each child and each parent
In light of these factors, the court’s findings may be different from the parent’s perceptions and goals regarding custody.
In some custody disputes, relocation issues may arise. Whether it is relocation of one parent without the child, or a proposed relocation with the child, the issue has become somewhat controversial within the Texas family law court system in recent years.
In the past, the parent who was awarded primary parenting (i.e., physical custody) could move the child out of state without much difficulty from the court.
However, that is not necessarily the case today. Recent trends in the Texas judicial system indicate that Texas courts are now more likely to order a geographic restriction on the child’s residence so that both parents can remain actively involved in the child’s life.
Contact an Experienced Denton Contested Child Custody Lawyer Today
I have years of experience representing clients involved in complex and contested child custody battles in Denton County and throughout North Texas. I am a family law attorney who understands the situation you are in, and I can provide you with compassionate, knowledgeable, and effective representation.
If you have children and anticipate a contested custody dispute – or if you are already in the midst of such a fight – it is imperative that you have an experienced child custody attorney at your side. I will help you find a solution through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or, if necessary, litigation. Additionally, I have crafted and drafted hundreds of successful parenting plans that include detailed specifics regarding custody, visitation, education, vacations, holidays, religion, and extracurricular activities.