How Is Child Custody Determined In Texas?

During a divorce, you should try to minimize conflict to spare your children from additional upset. However, don't accept an unfair child custody arrangement just to avoid litigation. With a skilled attorney on your side, there may be other strategies for negotiating an equitable outcome. At Barker Law Firm PC, we bring over 20 years of advocacy to the table. We can be tough in court, but we also offer alternatives to litigation.

Our main office is in Sugar Land, Texas, and we offer consultations by appointment in Katy and Bellaire. If you are concerned about your children's best interests in divorce, call 713-205-7573 to talk to a lawyer today. We represent fathers and mothers.

We Guide You Through Child Custody Discussions

Our starting point is your relationship with your child. Texas family law courts presume that a child will benefit from the influence of both parents, which makes joint legal custody, called conservatorship, a natural choice. With this option, both parents would be responsible for major decisions affecting the child. A number of creative approaches to visitation are also possible, including extended visitation.

We Understand The Best Interest Of the Child Standard

Any terms that the parties can mutually agree upon can be submitted as a proposed custody and visitation schedule to the court. In Texas, a number of factors inform the court's custody determinations:

  • The child's own preferences
  • Any special physical, psychological and emotional needs of the child
  • The relationship each parent has with the child
  • The type of home environment that each parent could provide to the child
  • The child's need for stability
  • Any other relevant factor

Collectively, these factors inform the best interest of the child standard. However, it is up to the court to determine how much weight is afforded to each factor, depending on the unique circumstances of each case. This is where the skilled advocacy of Barker Law Firm PC, can be utilized. We fight to make sure the court understands your side of the story and the nurturing that you can offer your child.

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Get Answers To Your Child Custody Questions Today

At Barker Law Firm PC, we have helped parents obtain favorable custody arrangements for over 20 years. If you are going through a divorce, make sure you have an experienced child custody attorney on your side. Call 713-205-7573 or contact us by email.