Child custody Lawyers in Fort Worth, TX
Child Custody is one of the most stressful and difficult aspects of a divorce. We are here to help you through the process to ensure the best outcome for everyone involved.
Along with financial concerns such as child support and alimony (spousal support) child custody is one of the most important elements to handle both in and after a divorce. The term “custody” refers to the parent that has the exclusive right to decide where the child(ren) will live. The person with custody is referred to as the “custodial parent” and the other parent who has visitation is referred to as the “non-custodial parent”. Like most states, the guiding principle in child custody cases in Texas is to do what is in the best interest of the child.
You see this “best interest of the child” language repeated in just about every state’s law, but what exactly the best interest of the child is can be open to a lot of interpretation. This room for interpretation is why it’s important to have an experienced Fort Worth Child Custody lawyer on your side make sure your interests are protected and your place in your child(ren)’s life is secure.
Understanding What is important
Our primary goal through a child custody case is to ensure that our client’s rights are protected. We start the process by working through the key issues so that we understand what is most important to you and your family. We will make sure that you understand what is happening and what to expect through each step of the process. Contact our experienced child custody lawyers today to learn more about how Texas law affects your situation, and your options for moving forward.
THE BEST INTEREST
OF THE CHILD
Texas Family Law courts work under the principle that all decisions made should be in the best interest of any minor children involved. For the benefit any involved children, we encourage divorcing parents to keep an open line of communication with their children about what’s happening. Blaming and bad-mouthing the other parent creates an unstable and confusing environment for children. While we understand that people get divorced for good reasons, it’s important to protect your children from unnecessary emotional turmoil.
Factors that are considered through a divorce / custody case.
- The desires of the child.
- The emotional and physical needs of the child now and in the future.
- The emotional and physical danger (of one parent) to the child now and in the future.
- The parental abilities of the individuals seeking custody.
- The programs available to assist these individuals to promote the best interest of the child.
- The plans for the child by these individuals.
- The stability of both parties homes.
- The actors or omissions of the parent which may indicate that the existing parent-child relationship is not a proper one.
- Any excuse for the acts or omissions of the parent.