Denton Child Custody Attorneys
Protecting the Best Interests of Your Child
One of the most common legal matters that arises between two unmarried or divorcing parents is the issue of child custody. If you’re facing a child custody battle, Navarrette | Bowen, P.C. can help you advocate for your child’s best interests. Our Denton child custody lawyers and the surrounding areas have years of experience navigating the complex and often time-consuming family law system. In every instance, we work to promote the best solution for your child and the future of your family. We take the time to examine the unique circumstances surrounding your situation and work to understand your personal goals. When you trust your child custody case to us, you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to protect your child’s best interests.
How is Child Custody Determined in Texas?
In the state of Texas, child custody is referred to as “conservatorship.” The “conservator” is the main custodian of the child. There are two types of child conservatorships in Texas, sole managing conservatorship, and joint managing conservatorship. In sole managing conservatorships, various decisions concerning the child, such as the child’s primary residence, healthcare, education and school, activities, and more, are all determined by one parent, whereas, in joint managing conservatorships, these decisions and other responsibilities can be shared by both parents. It’s important to note that the right to make certain decisions regarding the child can still be assigned to just one conservator even in joint situations.
What Rights and Responsibilities Does a Conservator Have?
- Providing access to healthcare, including medical, dental, and psychological care
- Right to information regarding the child’s education, health, and general welfare
- Consent to emergency medical treatment in the event of immediate danger to the child
- Right to talk to medical professionals and school officials about the child
- Right to obtain and/or view medical and school records regarding the child
In all child custody cases, a court will put the best interests of the child ahead of the interests of either parent. In many joint managing conservatorships, one parent may still retain primary custody of the child and, in such cases, a visitation schedule must be decided.
When Can Child Custody Be Awarded to One Parent?
A sole managing conservatorship may be awarded when the other parent has a proven history of abuse, neglect, criminal behavior, or drug/alcohol use. Sole custody may also be granted if the other parent is not present in the child’s life or does not wish to share joint managing conservatorship. Lastly, if there is a track record of extreme conflict between the two parents, including conflict over religious, educational, or medical beliefs, a court may rule for sole managing conservatorship in the best interests of the child.
Our Denton Firm Stands with You
At Navarrette | Bowen, P.C., we understand that every family is unique and therefore, every child custody case will be different. Our child custody attorneys work to not only understand our clients’ goals, but to also determine a solution that’s best for your child as well. Our lawyers are prepared to advocate for you and your child throughout the process.