The custody of your child is an extremely important subject that will greatly affect the lives of every member of your family. The best option for the child is always our main concern, and we know that you want to ensure a great future for your son or daughter. With years of experience in child custody arrangements, we can confidently guide you through the process ahead. Our team of attorneys includes Board Certification in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, attesting to our exceptional knowledge in this field.
Foster Law Firm in child custody cases. In the state of Texas, the conservator may be given sole custody of a child, known as a sole managing conservator, or both parents may maintain joint custody, known as joint managing conservatorship. Gaining custody of a child can be an arduous endeavor, which is why we handle all of the legal aspects of the case. We understand that going through a child custody case can be emotionally draining, and we work diligently to effectively pursue all details of your case with minimal strain on you and your family. An experienced attorney on your side during the complex process ahead can make every step of the way smoother and reduce the stress on your shoulders.
Before filing for child custody, it is important to be educated on the subject. Several issues will need to be discussed. Consulting a family law attorney is often the most thorough way to answer your questions and explain all details of the situation, but we have provided some basic explanations here for your benefit.
Conservatorship refers to the legal authority on who can make decisions on the behalf of the child such as which school the child will attend, what form of religious or non-religious upbringing the child will have, and non-emergency medical decisions. The most popular types of legal custody are:
Sole Managing Conservator: The parent that gains Sole Managing Conservator of the child is the only person who has the authority to make decisions on the child’s behalf, these rights and duties are spelled out in the order but typically include the exclusive right to designate the residence of the child, educational decision, medical decisions and right to receive child support. The other parent the Possessory Conservator still has rights while in possession and any rights that the parties agree upon or the court orders. The Possessory Conservator also has visitation rights as agreed upon or ordered by the court.
Joint Managing Conservators: Both parents have authority to make decisions on behalf of the child that are listed in the order, the right to make decsions for can be joint or independent which ever is agreed upon or ordered by the court. One party will typically still get the exclusive right to establish the primary residence of the child, although usually limited a certain geographical area.
This refers to where the child or children will live the majority of the time. The most common types of Primary Residence include:
Sole Managing Conservatory: One party establishes the child’s primary residence without any restriction on where.
Joint Managing Conservator: Also called “Shared Custody” the child or children’s primary residence is determined typically by one party but it is limited to a certain geographical area. The other party will have a possession order of the times that they have the right to have the child.
Setting up details regarding visitation rights and schedules is also an important aspect of child custody arrangements. There are many factors involved, including many that you may not realize need to be discussed. Your Fort Bend lawyer can ensure that your family has examined all related issues, to avoid complications in the future or miscommunications. You can rest assured that all details are arranged thoroughly with a team of experienced child custody attorneys on your side.
By consulting with a child custody lawyer with years of experience in Fort Bend County courts, you can tackle the process ahead with confidence. The Foster Law Firm thoroughly studies all details of each situation and we will tailor our efforts to your unique needs. To speak to an attorney, contact us today at (281) 494-3156 or request a free consultation through our online form.