Child Custody Disputes

Dallas Child Custody Lawyer

Notable Results in Contested Custody

Today's courts do not automatically favor the mother or the parent who makes more money in determining child custody. The yardstick is which parent is better able to "be there" to provide daily care, attention and stability. When it boils down to why the other parent isn't fit for custody, things can get nasty.

Lisa McKnight has earned a reputation as one of the most effective child custody attorneys in Dallas. She is known among her peers as a formidable trial lawyer who takes tough cases and turns them around. She is known to clients as a compassionate advocate who gives them a voice and a fair chance in court.

Whether you are seeking primary custody, sole custody or maximum visitation, the law firm of Lisa E McKnight, P.C., will fiercely fight for you and the best interests of your child. We represent mothers or fathers in contested custody proceedings in Dallas County and surrounding jurisdictions of the DFW metroplex. Arrange a consultation today.

Proven Representation in Complex Child Custody Disputes

Lisa McKnight is a board-certified specialist* in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and brings a wealth of knowledge from nearly two decades of experience in contested custody. She welcomes challenging cases in which the odds seem stacked against her client, such as:

  • Parents with "black marks" such as drug or alcohol addiction, family violence or mental illness
  • Fathers fighting for primary custody
  • Spouses of professionals and high earners
  • Parents with odd schedules or frequent travel
  • Petitions for sole custody

We start by analyzing our client through the eyes of the opposing counsel. Even a "plus" such as a good-paying job can be used against you: Do you work too much to be actively involved in your child's life?

Lisa McKnight will identify your weaknesses and outline steps to convince the judge that your child comes first: moving closer to the school, cutting back on work, ditching the abusive boyfriend or entering treatment. She will also help you articulate a clear plan regarding day care arrangements, transportation to school and other facets of child-rearing and co-parenting.

If you are arguing that the other parent is not fit for sharing custody, we will help you document specific incidents and how they endanger your child or violate your rights: drinking and driving, physical abuse, drug use or parental alienation.

Custody Disputes Beyond Texas

Ms. McKnight has also handled interstate and international child custody disputes. She has helped clients recover children who were taken out of Texas by the other parent without the court's permission, including kidnapping to Mexico or the Middle East. She has litigated under the Hague Convention, the UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act) and other laws pertaining to these scenarios. We also handle stepparent adoption and third party custody.

The Best Interests of the Child

Children are hurt and confused by a custody tug-of-war. That doesn't mean you shouldn't fight for custody, but there is a right way and a wrong way. The court will not tolerate false allegations or bad-mouthing of the other parent. Lisa McKnight helps you keep the focus on what is healthy for your child and conducive to peaceful co-parenting. We aim for a workable out-of-court arrangement, but we will have you well prepared if you do go to trial.

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Call 214-528-4191 for a initial consultation with an experienced Dallas County child custody attorney.

* Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of family law