Child Custody & Visitation
Fighting for Your Child’s Future: Custody & Visitation
During a custody battle, if parents cannot agree on a parenting plan with the help of family law attorneys or mediators, the court will make the final custody determination. Because the judge does not know the child or parents, this is usually the last resort. Instead, it is better to work with an attorney who has the experience to negotiate an arrangement that works for the family.
At Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, P.C., we have the knowledge to help you through even the most contentious custody case. Bruce Turner has 42 years of legal experience. He represents men and women in family law and divorce matters, including child custody and visitation. If you need to protect your rights and the rights of your children, our Dallas child custody lawyers will work hard to ensure that you have the future you want for your family.
The Basics of Child Custody
Texas state law mandates that child custody decisions be determined by what is in the best interest of the child. This may include factors such as the current relationship with each parent, the ability of each parent to care for the child, the emotional and physical needs of the child now and in the future, the stability of the home or proposed placement, as well as any acts or omissions of a parent indicating that the relationship is improper.
The parent who is granted primary custody is called the managing conservator or custodial parent. The noncustodial parent will be granted access or visitation to the children. In the majority of cases, the court tries to keep each parent involved in the child’s life. That is why it is important to create a parenting plan that meets the needs of the child. We can help you write a plan that makes sense for your family.
Shortly after you file for divorce, you will have to appear at a temporary child custody hearing. This is critical because the court often incorporates the findings from this hearing and the temporary physical custody order into the final custody order, depending on the facts of the case. We will work quickly to protect your rights at temporary hearings and at the final determination. If it is necessary to litigate, we will vigorously protect your rights.
In addition to custody, we can assist you with child support as well as modifications to the custody agreement such as relocation. To make an appointment with Dallas visitation attorney, Bruce E. Tuner, call (800) 486-9553, or contact us online.