Dallas Child Custody Lawyer
One of the most difficult decisions for parents who divorce is who will get custody of the children. Texas divorce law attempts to balance the interest of all parties involved, favoring joint custody or “joint managing conservatorship” of children in marriage dissolution.
Family court judges have become aware of the importance of both parents maintaining a significant role in their children’s lives following divorce. This does not mean that courts aim for a 50/50 split in terms of actual time with the children, although many of today’s parenting plans do come closer to providing equal parenting time for both parties.
At the law firm of Lisa E. McKnight, P.C., in Dallas, Texas, our child custody attorney works with clients and opposing counsel to reach agreement on custody and visitation plans during negotiations. If they are able to agree to terms without going to court, parents keep more control over the critical decisions that will shape their post-divorce lives with their children.
If you are unable to reach an agreement regarding custody with your spouse, we can explore the option of divorce mediation, in which you and your spouse meet with a trained, neutral third party who can help lead you to a resolution. We will accompany you at mediation.
Texas Visitation Rights
The term “custody” refers to the court-approved living arrangements of a minor child, as well as the legal supervision and protection of a child until he or she reaches age 18. Legal custody refers to the right to make decisions that will affect the child’s life (such as education, religion and medical matters). Physical custody refers to where and with whom the child lives.
“Visitation” describes designated times — and sometimes conditions — under which a noncustodial parent sees his or her children apart from the custodial parent. Visitation refers to access — a particular party to particular children — at a set time and date for a fixed period. Normally the term applies to parents, but grandparents may have visitation rights.
We assist our clients in the full scope of custody matters, including:
- Child custody disputes
- Child custody modifications
- Parental relocation
- Interstate/international custody disputes
- Parental alienation
- Step-child adoption
Prepared To Protect Your Interests In Court
Attorney McKnight is always prepared to advocate on your behalf in family court if a child custody solution cannot be reached through negotiations or mediation. She is a trial-tested attorney who will protect your rights while pursuing the best possible outcome.
Our experienced family law lawyer can answer your questions regarding custody or any divorce issue and recommend the best steps to take to protect your rights. Call 214-306-7588 or use our contact form to provide more information or schedule a consultation.