Child Custody Attorney in Bastrop and Austin
Following a divorce or separation, child custody or conservatorship must be determined. It can be shared between parents or assigned to just one and may involve conditions about how much time a child spends with each parent and how decisions affecting the child’s future ought to be made. In Texas, child custody laws and arrangements take into account the wishes and capabilities of both parents and also the child. The exact outcomes depend upon these factors and much more.
A competent and experienced family law attorney is needed to advise on each situation and to negotiate or argue as is appropriate in each unique case. With decades of experience, the family lawyers at Anderson & Anderson have advised and represented countless parents in all kinds of custody battles. Our family law attorneys will help you to exercise your parental rights and fight for the custody of your children.
Can you choose your own child custody arrangement in Bastrop or Austin?
The easiest way to settle child custody in Texas is for both parents to file a parenting plan proposing a custody arrangement that they both agree to in full. These details are often complex and difficult to negotiate, so the process will involve attorneys assisting both parties in either informal negotiations or in alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation or arbitration. Once finalized and filed, the parenting agreement will be approved during an informal court hearing and become legally binding. Alternatively, when the parents cannot reach an agreement, the court will decide on a custody arrangement for them.
This process is inherently more unpredictable and also more expensive. All factors will be taken into account including what is in the best interest of the child physically and emotionally, the relationship between the parents, their previous contributions to the child’s upbringing, the distance between their homes, and also the child’s wishes.
What types of child custody agreements can be made in Bastrop or Austin?
The most common type of custody arrangement is joint custody. This custody arrangement involves both parents as ‘joint managing conservators’ but does not necessarily mean that they will have equal claims upon the child’s time and care. Most agreements will name one parent as the ‘custodial parent’ with the right to decide the child’s primary residence. Children will usually live with the custodial parent the majority of the time, and the other, noncustodial, parent may be required to pay child support.
The court can also order or approve sole custody where there is a compelling reason to do so, such as abuse or domestic violence. In these arrangements, the noncustodial parent may have their visitation rights limited or removed. Grandparents and other parties can also seek non-parental custody in certain circumstances, and a particular set of laws and procedures apply in these cases.
Are you seeking child custody in Bastrop or Austin?
Each divorce and separation are different, and every parent has their own set of priorities for every decision laid out in the child custody agreement. Every situation needs to be approached carefully and sensitively to achieve the best possible terms in the present while preserving a working relationship with the other side if they are to be involved in the child’s future. If you are facing a child custody battle, you must obtain a family law attorney who understands these nuances and can adopt your own goals and preferred approaches. Your attorney must also be experienced enough to explain the likely and possible outcomes should you go to court.
The family law lawyers at Anderson & Anderson are specialized in custody arrangements of all kinds. Attorney Kathleen Anderson is board certified in family law, with many years of practice under her belt and extensive experience in dispute resolution both in and out of court. She is trained and certified in advanced family law mediation and will help you to decide which strategies will work best for you. Attorney Alex Anderson also concentrates in Family Law--having represented many cases involving disputes with the Texas CPS.
The lawyers at Anderson & Anderson serve clients in Bastrop, Austin and surrounding areas.
When it comes to your children and their future, you cannot settle for anything less than the very best legal advisors, representatives, and negotiators. Whatever your circumstances, our family law firm will fight for your rights and your child’s best interests.
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Bastrop, TX 78602
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