Plano Child Custody Attorneys
Respecting & Upholding Your Child’s Best Interests
While you are going through a divorce and dealing with many problems, it is important to remember how the divorce will affect your children. What might be an emotional struggle for you could be the greatest challenge your children have faced yet.
Our Plano child custody lawyers at Albin Oldner Law, PLLC are dedicated to helping your entire family move through a divorce or family law dispute with as little stress as possible, especially when considering the needs and expectations of your children. While working on a child custody case, we always make the child’s best interests the top priority. Throughout our many years of practice experience, our team has handled more than 2,200 mediations with a 98% success rate, so we are confident that we can handle your child custody case, too.
On This Page:
- What is Child Custody?
- How Child Custody is Determined in Texas
- Let Our Team Help with Your Child Custody Case
- Plano Child Custody FAQ
Child custody is the legal concept of parental rights after a divorce or legal separation. The goal is to decide which parents get to continue to raise and spend time with their child. Ideally, child custody decisions will be reached collaboratively between the parents. If they cannot, then the case will need to go to court. Our Plano child custody attorneys can help you during mediation and/or litigation, so you don’t need to worry once we are working on the case.
A typical child custody case will consider these important topics and more:
- Conservatorship: If a parent can keep making important decisions for their child, such as medical, religious, and educational choices, then they have conservatorship rights over the child.
- Possession and access: If the parent can keep spending time or living with their child, then they have possession and access rights over the child.
- Relocation: If you or your ex-spouse need to move to another city, county, state, or even country after a divorce, then the question of relocation rights and options will arise. Neither ex-spouse can simply pack up and move due to child custody implications.
- Parental alienation: In some divorces, one parent will commit parental alienation or the intentional act of making the child hostile toward the other parent.
In Texas, a child custody arrangement must respect the best interests of the child. In other words, the wants and needs of either parent are never seen as important as those of the child. The court will not accept any arrangement or decision if it believes the child’s best interests have been set aside to reach it. When you are beginning a child custody case, it is important to keep this requirement in mind.
The court tends to prefer that both parents retain conservatorship and possession/access rights in a child custody case. It has been repeatedly shown that children born into a two-parent household develop better and feel happier if they remain in contact with both parents after a divorce or separation. For these reasons, it is useful to approach a child custody case with collaboration and cooperation in mind.
Furthermore, a child custody case outcome could be influenced by:
- Either parent’s criminal history, especially regarding domestic violence charges.
- Either parent’s connection to the child.
- Either parent’s ability to reasonably care for the child on their own.
- Child’s preference, if the child is old enough to make a sound decision.
A child custody case is not something that you should rush or enter without preparation. After all, the outcome of the case will affect the dynamic of your family for years to come. If you live in Plano or the surrounding area of Texas, rely on Albin Oldner Law to walk you through this process and represent you in and out of court. We are here to make sure that you and your child can live comfortably and happily after divorce, just like you both deserve.
To talk with a Plano child custody attorney, please dial (214) 225-4325.
Family law judges usually want to split child custody evenly between both parents. Still, it is possible to get full or sole custody of your child in Texas if you can show that it would be against your child’s best interests to give partial custody to your ex-spouse.
A modification of child custody orders is possible if the current order is no longer tenable due to significant or unpredictable life changes. A petition to modify a child custody order won’t be accepted if the change won’t reflect the child’s best interests.
Legal custody is another term for conservatorship in Texas, which describes the parental right to make important life decisions for the child.
Physical custody is another term for possession and access in Texas, which describes the parental right to live with or visit the child.
Partial custody is another term for joint custody in Texas, which describes a situation in which both ex-spouses share physical and legal child custody rights, often equally.