In Texas, there is a presumption in favor of parents sharing custody of their children as joint managing conservators. The courts typically favor shared custody arrangements that promote regular and ongoing contact between children and both parents, unless it can be demonstrated that such an arrangement would jeopardize the child's physical or emotional well-being. This presumption is deemed to be in the best interest of the entire family.
To encourage more equitable parenting time, the state legislature has established visitation guidelines. Although these guidelines are not mandatory for parents to follow, judges consider them when determining custody and visitation schedules, as well as when evaluating proposed custody and visitation plans.
In Texas, the terms "conservator" and "conservatorship" are used to describe child custody and visitation arrangements. The parent with physical custody of the child is referred to as the "managing conservator," while the parent with visitation rights is known as the "possessory conservator." When parents share custody of their children, they are referred to as "joint managing conservators."
At McLean & Associates L.L.C., we possess extensive experience in family law litigation. Nevertheless, we actively encourage our clients to collaborate with the other parent to develop custody and visitation plans outside the courtroom.
We deeply understand the significance of parenting time in fostering strong and meaningful connections with your children, and that no bond is more vital than the one between parent and child. When parents can come to mutually beneficial agreements regarding their children's living arrangements and the time each parent spends with them, the entire family reaps the benefits. Not only does this save time and costs associated with litigation, but it also helps preserve parenting relationships and reduces future conflicts.
However, in situations where parents cannot agree on shared parenting arrangements, our attorneys step in and advocate for fair custody and visitation schedules that safeguard our clients' parental rights.
At McLean & Associates L.L.C., we take pride in our dedication to advocating for your parental rights and preserving the bond you share with your children. Our priority is to equip you with the necessary answers and information, empowering you to make well-informed decisions for your family. If you have specific inquiries related to child custody and visitation, we are here to assist you. Please don't hesitate to contact our office.
Here are some of the most frequently asked child custody questions we receive:
In Texas, the court places significant importance on ensuring that both parents have ample time with the child. One parent is typically granted primary custody as the primary managing conservator.
It is essential to note that courts value parents who make efforts to cooperate and work together. Demonstrating a willingness to compromise with your spouse and showing your ability to co-parent effectively can positively influence the court's decisions.
Our lawyers are dedicated to advocating on your behalf, fiercely protecting your parental and custodial rights throughout the custody battle.
Once you have established your parental rights, you are entitled to specific visitation rights. As mentioned earlier, the court seeks arrangements where both parents can collaboratively parent their children. Whenever possible, the court grants generous visitation time to both parents, unless there are concerns of abuse or neglect.
To be granted parental rights, you must establish paternity as the child's father. If you were married to the child's mother at the time of birth, paternity is automatically assumed, and you will be granted parental rights. If not, you may need to go through the legitimation process, which might include DNA testing.
After establishing paternity, you have the rights to visitation or even custody. Additionally, you will be obligated to make child support payments. Our attorneys can guide you through the process of establishing your parental rights and ensure that your rights as a father are protected and respected.
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