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Helping You & Your Child Thrive Post-Divorce or Separation

Custody issues are often one of the most contentious parts of divorces in Houston that involve children. Whether you want to work with your spouse to develop an equitable possession schedule or rely on the court to handle your case, having an attorney you can trust by your side is crucial. Our Houston child custody attorneys can help you protect your child's rights and best interests during your custody dispute.

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Types of Custody in Texas

The result of a child custody contest will typically end with one of these general outcomes:

  • Joint Custody: Generally, the court will try to appoint joint custody to both parents, meaning each will have some degree of access to the child. This doesn't necessarily mean that you and your spouse will share physical custody equally or at all, but it does mean you both have a say in certain decisions on behalf of the child.
  • Sole Custody: If the court grants sole custody to a parent, they then house the child and have the exclusive right to make decisions for the child that parent believes in their child’s best interest. Courts have the discretion to give a parent sole custody if the other caretaker is "unfit" due to an issue such as substance abuse, child neglect, etc.

In situations where one parent houses the child, the other parent may gain visitation rights to see them. The schedule of a visitation arrangement depends on the details of the case.

If you disagree with the outcome of your custody dispute, you can appeal the court's decision. In some cases, you may be able to regain custody or visitation rights to children after demonstrating to the court that you have made positive adjustments to your life. Our attorneys can help you work to modify custody, visitation, and child support agreements in certain circumstances.

How Do Courts Determine Custody?

The court's priority in any custody case is the child's best interests. To that end, the court considers the following factors (among others) during custody cases:

  • The health of each parent (physical, mental, etc.);
  • The parents' previous behavior surrounding the child;
  • The stability of each parent's home;
  • The parents' conduct during the custody dispute;
  • Witness testimony (if any exists);
  • The child's preference (if they're old enough to have input on the case).

A custody attorney can help you prepare for your case and fight for your rights in or out of the courtroom.

What You Should Know About Interstate Property and Custody Concerns

When multiple states are involved in property division and child custody, a family may need to work through a multi-step process involving courts of varying jurisdictions. For example, Texas courts operate under the community property rules, but not all states divide property this way, which can make the process of dividing property across different jurisdictions much trickier.

In interstate custody cases, there is a uniform law that helps streamline the custody process. Known as the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), it establishes the following rules on jurisdiction, which can clarify some confusing points of contention during an interstate custody case:

  • The jurisdiction in the custody case goes to the child's "home state."
  • A child's "home state" is where he or she resided six months before the custody case being filed, as long as the parent filing, not necessarily the child, resided there for that time.
  • If no state fulfills this requirement, jurisdiction will go to a state where the child and at least one parent have a meaningful, evidentiary connection.
  • If no state fulfills either of these requirements, jurisdiction may open up to any state with a meaningful connection to the child.

These home-state connections may be challenged if the parents and child no longer live in the state or have a meaningful connection that can be determined through evidence. If this occurs, the court must evaluate a new home state to handle future custody enforcement or modification cases.

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Our Houston child custody lawyers can help you defend your parental rights and facilitate an arrangement that helps your child thrive. To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (713) 766-5355.

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