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Settling Child Custody Disputes in Dallas & Collin County

Figuring out a custody arrangement will be one of the most challenging parts of the divorce. It is usually better to figure out this arrangement collaboratively, but this is not always possible. If your spouse is fighting for an unfair arrangement, or you believe you need custody of your children for their safety, contact our Dallas child custody lawyer today.

Call Garcia-Windsor, P.C. today at (214) 972-3025 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our child custody attorney in Dallas. We offer services in English and Spanish!

How is Child Custody Determined in Texas?

Texas refers to child custody as "conservatorship." Parents can share custody of their children in "joint managing conservatorship," or one parent can maintain primary custody, also known as "sole managing conservatorship." Courts always make decisions based on what they believe to be in the child's best interests.

In most cases, even parents who do not have primary custody are given ample opportunity to visit and spend time with their children. It is rare for a court to deny a parent access to a child unless they have demonstrated violent and abusive behavior or have demonstrated little interest in the safety and well-being of their children.

If parents cannot come to an agreement on custody, a court may institute joint custody if:

  • It will benefit the child’s mental and emotional health
  • It will benefit the child’s financial and social welfare
  • It will encourage parents to maintain a civil relationship on behalf of their child
  • Both parents live relatively close to each other
  • The child is at least 12 years old and has a preference for which parent they stay with

Children make divorce more complicated. While difficult for parents, divorce is often harder on the children. This is not to say it will not benefit them in the long run. Being a child of divorce is much healthier than being stuck in a family where the parents have irreconcilable differences. Both parents can still have a positive relationship with their children after a divorce.

What Rights Do Custodial Parents Have?

Custodial rights are typically listed in a document called an order and is signed by a judge. This order is legally binding on both parents and must be followed unless the order is modified.

Legal custody rights allow a parent to make major life decisions on behalf of the child. These decisions typically concern important aspects of the following:

  • The child's health
  • Safety and welfare
  • Educational decisions, such as where they will go to school
  • Medical decisions, such as what doctor they will see
  • What religion they will or will not practice

What is Considered an Unfit Parent in Texas?

In Texas, child custody rulings will always be made in the child's best interests. If a parent is considered "unfit" to play the role of guardian and provider, they will most likely disallow them to make decisions regarding the child or sometimes even disallow visitation. Here are some key factors a court will examine when analyzing a parent:

  • Does the parent have a history of substance or alcohol abuse?
  • Is there a history of domestic violence or abuse towards the child?
  • Does the living situation provide the child with a safe place to stay?
  • Does the parent have a mental illness that inhibits them to carry out their role?
  • Has the parent shown a willingness to be part of their child’s life?

Protecting Your Child's Best Interests

When it comes to child custody matters, the primary concern should always be the well-being and best interests of the child. Our experienced Dallas child custody attorneys understand the complexities and sensitivities involved in these cases, and we are dedicated to advocating for the rights of both you and your child.

We can assist with a range of child custody issues, including:

  • Establishing initial custody arrangements
  • Modifying existing custody orders
  • Enforcing custody and visitation agreements
  • Resolving disputes through mediation or litigation

Our team will work tirelessly to ensure that your child's needs are prioritized and that you have the legal support you need to navigate the complexities of the Texas family court system.

Contact Our Dallas Child Custody Attorney Today

At Garcia-Windsor, P.C., our child custody lawyers in Dallas care about the well-being of our clients and their loved ones. Protecting your child’s best interest sometimes means fighting in court and demonstrating everything you do for your children. The children come first in these cases, and our child custody lawyers can help you prove why putting your children in your custody is in their best interests.

Contact Garcia-Windsor, P.C. online or call (214) 972-3025 today to schedule a FREE consultation with our child custody lawyer in Dallas! 

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