Assertive Protection Of Your Parental Rights
When parents divorce or end a nonmarital relationship, issues regarding children and parenting time can be among the most contentious decisions that must be resolved. At Mackoy, Hernandez, Jones and Woods LLP, we are adamant about protecting our clients’ parental rights so they can maintain a strong relationship with their children following divorce.
Parents are naturally concerned about the impact of divorce on their child. We strive to reach agreement on parenting issues without the need to litigate. Our attorneys’ preparation and reputation for being tough litigators when necessary allows the firm to negotiate from a position of strength.
If you or your child’s other parent wish to relocate, parental agreements may need to be modified. We help clients petition for modifications or defend against these requests.
How Texas Courts Address Parental Rights
The courts divide child custody issues into two distinct categories:
- Conservatorship — The right to make decisions regarding the child’s education, religious upbringing, medical care and other important matters. Conservatorship is frequently shared equally between the parents, but courts do award sole managing conservatorship if valid reasons exist for doing so.
- Possession and access — Where the child will spend his or her days and nights, or when a parent can spend time with the child.
If you and your child’s other parent can reach agreement on these two areas, Texas courts must still approve your plan. The courts must consider what is in the best interest of the child. Factors that may affect the decision include the physical and emotional needs of the child, the fitness of each parent, the ability to provide a stable environment, and each parent’s willingness to foster a healthy relationship with the child’s other parent.
The Experience And Skill You Need To Protect Your Parental Rights
We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case, answer your questions regarding custody and parenting plans, and develop an effective strategy for protecting your parental rights. Our divorce lawyers work together, so you benefit from the cumulative experience they bring to the table.