El Paso Child Custody Attorney
If you live in Texas and are the parent of minor children, it is vital you acquaint yourself with child custody laws. If you and your spouse or former partner have divorced long ago, you may need to review custody laws if either of you has experienced a major life shift. For example, one of you may be planning to move or the other may have fallen on hard times personally or financially. Perhaps your child may have expressed a desire to live with one of you and not with the other. Texas custody laws do favor granting both parents access to the child, but that doesn't always happen.
Do I Really Need A Lawyer For Child Custody?
A family law attorney can assist you through every obstacle of your child custody case. Your children are the most important thing to you, so it is crucial to take a custody case seriously. Hiring an experienced child custody lawyer with a proven track record dealing with cases like yours is a good start.
Compassionate Client Service, Aggressive Courtroom Advocacy
Of key importance at our firm are all child support issues, and we handle these cases with the care and attention they deserve. We know that a successful resolution to any child support case requires a dedicated and aggressive legal approach that is tailored to your unique situation. We will take the time to evaluate the details of your case and devise a solution that helps you feel confident with the legal process. You can rely on our knowledge and experience for the peace of mind you need and deserve.
Fighting for Your Child’s Best Interests
Hall Law knows how important child support is and how difficult financial matters can be, especially when you are facing the stress of a divorce. We will fight for your child’s best interests and are compassionate advocates. You can rely on our firm to guide you through the process so you can feel confident you are making the best decisions for your family.
You do not have to face the legal system on your own. Learn how we can help you when you call (915) 529-0233.
Filing for Child Custody in Texas
Parents can file a custody case in Texas if the child resides in the state or the child resided in the state for 6 months before the custody case. They may also file if the child's parents have a connection with Texas besides physically living there, such as a job, or if evidence is available in the state concerning the child's care, education, etc.
A parent in Texas who wishes to commence a child custody case should provide the court with the following information:
- Child's address
- Place where child has lived for the past five years
- Names and addresses of individuals whom the child has lived with for the past five years, along with the names and addresses of those who have claimed physical and/or legal custody of the child for the past five years
Modifying Child Custody in Texas
A Texas court can modify a child custody arrangement if:
- The court has the power to make an initial child custody determination
- No other state court has the power to decide the case
- The court determines that the child's parents do not live in another state
Conservatorship and Child Custody in Texas
Instead of referring to a parent's guardian as a "custodian," a Texas court refers to them as a conservator. A court will give one parent sole custody of a child (sole managing conservator) or both parents joint custody (joint managing conservatorship). The court considers various factors in determining whether one or both parents will serve as a conservator.
These include but are not limited to the following:
- Best interests of the child
- History of domestic violence in either of the parent’s residences
- Child's testimony (if they are over the age of 12)
A conservator in Texas has the right to inquire and participate in the child's health, education, after school activities, etc. They may attend school activities, be designated as an emergency contact on the child's school forms, or make decisions regarding the child's education, health or legal needs. Texas child custody laws also encourage parents to work together to provide the most stable home for a child.
Parents who have questions about child custody in Texas should speak with our El Paso attorney by calling (915) 529-0233 today.
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