Plano, TX Child Custody Attorney
Lawyer for Child Conservatorship in Collin & Denton Counties
Child custody is one of the most important legal issues for both divorced and unmarried parents in Texas. It can also be one of the most contentious. You may feel threatened by the prospect of having your relationship with your child disrupted or by the thought of losing in a custody “battle” in court. These can be unnerving situations in which fear, stress, lack of knowledge of Texas family law, and more can increase your anxiety.
How custody is arranged will determine the time you spend with your child and your involvement in important decisions about your child’s life. Custody can also have financial repercussions due to mandated child support, and these orders generally impact your relationship with your child.
Because of the legal and personal ramifications of child custody orders, it is important to seek the representation of a family law attorney who can protect your interests as well as your child’s. At the Law Office of Brian Bagley, you can turn to a lawyer with more than 10 years of experience in these matters. We can help you handle both amicable and contested custody cases. Our team will do everything possible to help you achieve your desired outcome, whether through negotiation, mediation, or in court.
Request a consultation with our Plano child custody lawyer by calling a team member at (972) 843-7158 or send us an email on our Contact Page.
How is Child Custody Handled in Texas?
The legal term for child custody in Texas is "conservatorship," which can take different forms. However, it is important to understand that Texas courts prefer that children maintain a close and ongoing relationship with both parents; this is generally seen to be in the best interests of the child, which is the court’s primary consideration in custody matters.
Custody in Texas involves “managing conservatorship” which refers to a parent's authority to make important decisions about the child, including the child's primary residence, education, healthcare, and medical treatment. The court usually prefers both parents to be involved in these decisions through a joint managing conservatorship. However, one parent may be named as the sole managing conservator if doing so is in the child's best interest.
Parents who are granted managing conservatorship are also granted periods of "possession" of the child. This is more commonly known as visitation or physical custody, and it refers to the time that the child lives in each parent's home. Even parents without managing conservatorship can be granted possessory conservatorship, allowing them to regularly see their children even if they are not permitted input in important decisions.
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