We all do our best to protect our children from harm. In Texas divorce courts, judges and child welfare professionals put the child’s interests first. That often means putting the child between two loving parents who believe they know what is best for their family.
When parents of a child get divorced in Texas (or were never married to each other, but plan to separate) the court will issue orders as to who (usually one of the parents) will have the right to determine where the child will live. In Texas family law, this is commonly referred to as primary conservatorship in child custody language. The other parent will typically be granted access (visitation rights), which often requires paying child support to the custodial parent. With such loaded language, it is easy to see why custody is one of the most disputed areas in a divorce or parenting dispute involving minor children.
If your pending divorce will include a dispute over custody, or if you are in a dispute with the parent of your child, I am ready to help. I am Plano child custody attorney Rachel Li. I will work vigorously to make sure your parental rights and interests are protected. I work with child welfare experts to build the strongest, clearest case to prove who the more stable parent is and who will be the best protector of the child’s interests.
Possession and Access
Arguments about custody and visitation can generate very heated emotions, and the child, if exposed to these disagreements, can feel torn between loyalties to the two parents. We can help you attempt to reach a reasonable agreement with your co-parent through direct negotiation with that parent (or his or her attorney if one has been retained) or the process of mediation if an impartial third party is needed. If negotiation is not possible or is not successful, we can present your preferences, and all the reasons that those preferences would be in the best interest of your child, to the court, and ask the court to make that decision in the form of an order.
If you are the custodial parent of a child under a residency restriction, you may understand the difficulty involved with changing the child’s primary residence. In child custody cases, the goal of the court is to ensure the child has frequent and regular contact with each parent. If you need help with removing a residency restriction or other custody modification issue, call me to arrange a consultation.
We Strive for Amicable Solutions, But Often Trial Is Necessary
Because emotions can get so heated in these matters, custody battles are one of the few areas of Texas family law that often requires a bench trial or jury trial to reach a resolution. We have a strong record of success in custody trials in county courts throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Plano Custody Lawyers
From offices in Plano, we represent clients in courts in Collin County, Denton County and Dallas County, Texas. Call us at 214-616-3684 to arrange an initial consultation with an experienced Texas divorce and custody lawyer. You may also use our convenient email contact form to submit a brief description of your legal needs and request an office consultation. Please be advised, we cannot give legal advice over the phone.
Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Evening and weekend and offsite appointments may be available by special arrangement.
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