As parents, we want only what is best for our children, as they are precious, and dear to our hearts. Thus, child custody is one of the most difficult challenges parents will face while coming to agreements within the context of a divorce. Our Denton County family law attorneys devote much of our practice to helping clients with child custody issues. Protecting the child’s welfare, their rights, and keeping them safe is a specialty area for us.
Our Denton County family lawyers can help you decide whether to pursue joint custody or sole custody, based on the best interests of your child. Custody involves both the legal aspects of childcare: such as decision-making about the child’s education, healthcare and religious upbringing, and the child’s daily physical care and residence.
Unless a history of domestic violence, child neglect, sexual abuse or controlled substance abuse exists on the part of a parent, courts generally award joint or sole custody to the parents. The court uses the “best interests of the child” as the deciding factor for determining custody, which Texas custody law refers to as conservatorship.
If you are going through a time where you may lose custody of your child, please contact our family law office, and we will do everything we can to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of.
Factors Determining Custody
Family law attorneys in Denton County, TX present arguments and evidence to advocate on your behalf during the legal process. We use foundational case strategies on the following factors:
- The child’s physical, mental, and emotional needs
- The ability of parents to give first priority to the child’s well-being and reach mutual decisions
- Each parent’s ability to encourage and accept a positive relationship between the child and the other parent
- Each parent’s participation in childrearing prior to the separation
- Geographic range of parents’ homes
- Child’s preference when age 12 or older
In divorce cases, many parents want joint managing conservator-ship arrangements to maintain stable contact with their children, and to remain a meaningful influence in their lives.