Child Custody

Plano Child Custody Attorney

Experienced Legal Advocacy in Child Conservatorship Cases 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 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.

How Our Plano Child Custody Lawyer Can Help 

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 and your child's. At the Law Office of Brian Bagley, you can turn to a lawyer with more than ten 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 through negotiation, mediation, or court.

How is Child Custody Handled in Texas?

In Texas, the legal term for child custody is "conservatorship," which can manifest in various forms. The court's primary consideration in custody matters is the child's best interests, emphasizing the maintenance of a close and ongoing relationship with both parents.

Managing Conservatorship in Texas

"Managing conservatorship" in Texas involves a parent's authority to make crucial decisions about the child, encompassing the child's primary residence, education, healthcare, and medical treatment. The court typically favors a joint managing conservatorship, wherein both parents participate in these decisions. However, in cases deemed in the child's best interest, one parent may be designated as the sole managing conservator.

Possession or Visitation Rights 

Parents granted managing conservatorship also receive periods of "possession" of the child, commonly called visitation or physical custody. This pertains to the time the child spends in each parent's home. Additionally, even parents without managing conservatorship may be awarded possessory conservatorship, enabling them to have regular visitation with their children, although they may not be involved in significant decision-making processes.

Call the Law Office of Brian Bagley today at (972) 843-7158 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our child custody attorney in Plano!

What Makes a Parent Unfit? 

Demonstrating a parent's unfitness is a serious matter and requires compelling evidence. Courts may deem a parent unfit if there is evidence of:

  • Abuse or Neglect: Any form of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse towards the child may lead to a parent being considered unfit. Neglecting the child's basic needs, such as food, shelter, or medical care, can also be grounds for unfitness.
  • Substance Abuse: Courts may intervene if a parent's substance abuse poses a threat to the child's safety and well-being.
  • Criminal Activity: Engaging in criminal behavior, especially if it puts the child at risk, can impact a parent's fitness in custody proceedings.
  • Mental Health Issues: Severe mental health issues that impede a parent's ability to care for the child may be considered in custody decisions.

The Law Office of Brian Bagley understands the gravity of proving a parent's unfitness and works diligently to build robust cases supported by evidence.

Contact Our Plano Child Custody Attorney Today

Child custody matters demand careful navigation of legal intricacies while focusing on the child's best interests. At the Law Office of Brian Bagley in Plano, our dedicated legal team is committed to providing effective representation, ensuring your rights as a parent are protected. Trust us to advocate for your case with compassion, skill, and a commitment to achieving the most favorable outcome in your child custody dispute.

Contact the Law Office of Brian Bagley today to schedule a meeting with our child custody lawyer in Plano!

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