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Child Custody for Your Family
Child custody in Texas has one primary objective — to serve the best interests of the children.
During your divorce, you and your spouse will have to resolve child custody issues for your family either together, through attorneys or in front of a judge. The child custody lawyers at Nordhaus Walpole PLLC are here to help make sure your arrangements truly serve your children’s best interests.
Your Child’s Best Interest
Part of the child custody process may seem familiar. Responsible parenting involves plenty of practical discussions about money, education, healthcare, schedules and transportation.
We recognize there are many situations where both parents weren’t always (or ever) involved in this process. Sometimes, the tension leading up to a divorce may result in a parent being distracted. This stage of your divorce is the opportunity to ensure your child’s best interest is a top priority now and in the future.
Your attorney will work with you on a plan that reflects your children’s need for both practical and emotional considerations. Our firm will do everything we can to make this an empowering step for you as you work towards creating the best life possible for your children. Generally, when we develop a child custody plan, we will also address the matter of child support.
In Texas, custody is officially called conservatorship. Conservatorship refers to the types of care your children may receive, including the following:
- Managing conservatorship - This is the responsibility for decisions about school, church, healthcare and other similar aspects of the children’s lives.
- Possessory conservatorship — This is usually known as “physical custody” or “visitation” and refers to spending time with the children in various capacities.
The court presumes an ideal situation includes both parents sharing both types of conservatorships. We will work toward that sort of plan if it is in the best interest of your children and, if it’s realistic for your family, we may be able to obtain agreement from your spouse and the court without complication.
In some cases, though, sharing custody is not a good idea. In those instances, we will build an evidence-based case to resolve the situation and take care of your children.
If you and your spouse are unable to agree on what serves your child’s best interest — or if one parent doesn’t seem to be interested in serving the children’s best interest — we will have to move into further discussion.
If violence or drug use is part of the situation, please let us know immediately, so we can help you take appropriate measures to protect your family. While we realize this may be a difficult thing to admit, we are here to help you and your children in a legal capacity and may be able to help you obtain immediate protection from an unacceptable situation — even if you’ve accepted it in the past.
Otherwise, resolving custody conflict may involve simply compromising with your spouse to a working extent that you believe still serves the children’s best interests or it may involve having a judge decide your case.
By working closely together, we can help you arrange a child custody plan that gives your child the best chance at a stable, supportive and happy life. Contact Nordhaus Walpole PLLC for assistance today.