If you are having an issue with your former spouse or partner regarding your child or children you may be looking for a child custody lawyer in Dallas County, Texas. The attorneys at Scroggins Law Group, PLLC are experienced and knowledgeable around the spectrum of family law matters in the state of Texas. They will help you resolve the custody issues of your child.
Child custody consists of conservatorship and possession and access. Conservatorship deals with rights and duties concerning decision-making in child-rearing situations. Possession and access is what it sounds like; the amount of time you and the other parent have with the children. The Court is tasked with making determinations that are in the child’s best interest. As such, you must prove that having custody is in the best interest of your child. An experienced child custody lawyer Dallas, TX families trust can help you to establish this.
The presumption in Texas is that parents should be joint managing conservators of their children. A parent is named joint managing conservator (“JMC”) when the court decides that both parents should be actively involved in the child’s life. If joint managing conservatorship is ordered, your attorney can draft a plan that will establish when each parent will have possession of the child.
There are certain circumstances when naming parents as JMC would not be appropriate. In those situations, one parent is named a sole managing conservator (“MC”) and the other is generally named a possessory conservator (“PC”). This is different from a joint managing conservatorship in that the managing conservator has all of the rights and responsibilities a responsible parent would typically have, and the possessory conservator typically only has the right to visitation. This visitation of the PC follows a prescribed schedule that is laid out in the plan typically drafted by your family law attorney and filed with the court. In rare cases where abuse, neglect, or endangerment are present the court can decide to restrict the possession and access of a parent to a child.
As a conservator, whether managing or possessory, there are several rights, responsibilities, and obligations that belong to you. Each conservator should support the child which includes providing necessities such as clothing, education, food, shelter, and health care such as medical and dental care. A conservator should also care for and protect a child when they are in their possession. It is important that each parent notifies the other parent of any significant information regarding the wellbeing of the child. Each conservator also has the right to inherit and bequeath assets through the child.
A managing conservator is afforded the right to make certain decisions for the child. These decisions include education, medical care, psychological care, religion, moral education, financial, legal rights, employment, extracurricular activities, consent to marriage, and consent to armed forces enlistment.
At the core of the court’s decision is what is in the best interest of the child. They will look at who is best able to provide the daily care and attention the child requires and who can provide the most stable life and environment for the child to grow up in. It is important for you to also keep in mind what is best for your child. Children can often get caught up in the disagreements between their parents. It is imperative that you are able to set your personal feelings regarding the other parent aside and put your children first. The attorneys at Scroggins Law Group, PLLC can help you remain objective when it comes to reaching an agreement regarding child custody. While we hope to help you reach a child custody agreement outside of court, we are fully equipped to guide you through the court system in Dallas County, Texas if that is what is needed to help you reach your custody goals.
Contact Scroggins Law Group, PLLC today at 214-469-3100 for information about obtaining a child custody lawyer in Dallas, Texas. We are here to help you and your family during this difficult time.