Child Custody Attorneys in Dallas
Helping Clients Resolve Custody Disputes
Who will retain custody of the children? This is one of the most stressful and contentious aspects of negotiating a divorce settlement. At Capetillo Law PLLC, our Dallas child custody lawyers care about the relationships between children and parents and fight for the best interests of your family.
If you are involved in a custody dispute, call (214) 506-0091 to learn how we can help.
Types of Custody in Texas
In Texas, child custody is known as “conservatorship” and there are two types: joint and sole managing conservatorship. In joint conservatorship, both parents share parental duties. Like a growing number of states, Texas has a presumption that both parents should share parental rights and responsibilities. However, the main legal standard used by courts is the best interests of the child.
Custody gives the parent the right to:
- Make decisions regarding the education of children
- Access health and medical records
- Consent to treatment
- Discuss the child’s education with teachers & school officials
- Attend school events
Sole custody may be awarded when one parent has been absent from the child’s life, has a history of alcohol or drug addiction, or committed family violence. The non-custodial parent will generally be awarded visitation, unless the court feels that doing so will endanger the child’s physical or emotional well-being.
Resolving Custody Disputes
Sometimes divorcing parents are able to develop a plan for child custody and visitation on their own. Unfortunately, in many cases, custody disputes can drag on, costing both parties a significant amount of money in legal fees. When possible, our child custody attorneys in Dallas advocate for collaborative strategies, such as mediation. However, we are fully prepared to fight in court when necessary.
Give us a call today at (214) 506-0091 to discuss your custody situation and get personalized legal advice.