Houston Child Custody Lawyer
Filing for divorce is a difficult situation for two adults to handle, but it can be even more difficult, traumatic, and life-altering when children are involved, for you and the children. I am attorney Leonard Roth, and I help clients throughout Houston, Texas, resolve their pressing child custody issues. My primary objective in all child custody matters is to preserve as much of the prior family relationship as is possible, being ever mindful of the best interests of the children. Contact me online or call (713) 965-7608 to schedule your appointment.
Understanding Conservatorships and Parenting Time
If you and your spouse cannot work out a child custody and visitation agreement, the court will step in and decide conservatorship and all of the parent-child issues for you. Conservatorship is the legal term for child custody in Texas. Statutes relating to conservatorship define what duties and rights each parent will have, or not have, or what rights will be shared or independently awarded regarding their children.
In Texas, there is a presumption that it is in the child's best interests to name both parents as joint managing conservators. Another term for this is joint child custody. When the court rules on the conservatorship issue, it will designate which parent will have the final say regarding where the children will reside, where they will go to school, and who will make major medical or cosmetic medical decisions. The court will only determine which parent has primary custody and when the other parent has possession of access. All moral, religious and social decisions must be resolved by the parents outside of court.
Protecting Rights Without Burning Bridges
Nothing in life can be as hard as allowing a third party - the judge - to decide what is best for your children. As a board-certified family law attorney by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization with more than 37 years of experience, you can trust me to protect your rights and your interests and to try to find the way to leave as much of the parent-child issues as is possible in your hands.
There will be many occasions after the dissolution of your marriage when you will want to maintain civil contacts with your former spouse, including religious milestones, high school graduations, weddings and births of grandchildren. If you choose to contest child custody and force the case to trial, you risk burning every bridge you have with your former spouse.
However, resolving child custody issues through negotiation, mediation or the use of collaborative law allows parents to meet outside of the courtroom to amicably decide the best custody arrangement for their children and themselves. This can preserve relationships and ensure some degree of family harmony.
Contact a Houston Attorney for Visitation and Child Custody Information
Contact me online or call (713) 965-7608 to work with an experienced family law attorney.