Dallas Child Custody Lawyer
Representation for Child Custody Cases in Texas
Parents want the best for their children. However, when divorce happens, there is often disagreement between parents about what is best for the children and which of them should have custody of their children. A good attorney will focus on the best interest of children involved in a divorce. At Scott H. Palmer, P.C., we strive to be the best family law attorneys in Dallas. This means that we uphold the rights of the children and work with you to help meet their needs and secure their best interests.
We work with your children's best interests in mind. Call (214) 891-3382 for a case evaluation with our Dallas child custody attorneys.
Litigating & Negotiating Custody
When child custody is a contentious divorce issue, our skilled Dallas child custody lawyers from Scott H. Palmer, P.C. can help you find the best solution for the sake of your children.
In addition to litigating custody in court, we can help with the following:
- Physical Custody
- Visitation Rights
- Sole Managing Conservatorship
- Joint Managing Conservatorship
- Health Insurance
- Permanent Separation
Physical Custody in Texas
In Texas, physical custody means possession. A "possessory conservator" is the parent who has physical custody of a child. According to the Texas Family Code, the proper term for custody is conservatorship.
Texas Conservatorship Laws
An individual with custody by order of court is referred to as a "conservator," there are 3 types of conservatorship: joint managing conservator, sole managing conservator, and possessory conservator (physical custody)
What Does Sole Managing Conservator Mean?
A sole managing conservator is the parent that has exclusive rights to make decisions for a child. There are a number of decisions that may cause a court to decide one parent should have sole custody, including:
- family violence
- child abuse / neglect
- alcohol & drug abuse
- parental absence
Texas Joint Managing Conservatorship Laws
Under Texas law, both parents typically enter into a joint managing conservatorship. This means that both parents are responsible for decision-making on most important issues, such as education and healthcare. A joint managing conservatorship does not necessarily mean that the time is split equally between both parents. Time spent with a child is determined by the visitation orders.
Visitation Rights in Texas
In Texas, visitation rights are referred to as "periods of possession." Non-custodial parents have visitation rights according to Texas Family Code typically based on the Standard Possession Order which dictates a visitation schedule.
Obtain Assistance With Child Custody Matters in Texas
Our founding attorney, Scott Palmer has extensive experience in child custody cases. He is primarily concerned for the welfare of your children, but also concerned about achieving your goals. As a result, he will do everything legally possible to help you obtain the custody assistance you need. If negotiations fail, Mr. Palmer is a skilled and experienced trial lawyer in Dallas who is fully prepared to take your case to court. We also have a Board Certified Family Law Specialist on staff who can assist with your case.
Knowledgeable Legal Representation Since 1996
Our Dallas child custody lawyers listen to your concerns about child custody goals. We answer your questions and advise you about the benefits and risks of every issue. His goal is to help you make informed decisions regarding your custody case, and guide you through the child custody process.