San Antonio Child Custody Attorneys
Working for Your Children’s Needs First
In Texas, the Courts presume that it’s in a child’s best interest for both parents to share joint conservatorship of the child. This means the parents share most rights, duties, and choices regarding the child, but one parent has the right of primary to determine where the child lives and goes to school. The other parent has visitation times and is often ordered to pay child support.
If you and your co-parent are dealing with a custody issue, it is advised you both seek legal counsel to resolve the matter. At Calfas Law Group we have assisted numerous Texas families, as we understand that the time after divorce is difficult, particularly when it affects the children.
We can help you navigate these support issues and arrive at a determination that serves everyone's interest. Whether you are approaching this process for the first time or need to resolve a dispute or petition for a post-decree modification, our knowledgeable San Antonio child support lawyers are ready to help with this and any family law matter that arises.
Remember, even seemingly insignificant changes in child custody need to be approved by the court. Call our offices at 210-405-8315 today to learn more.
Determining Custody in Texas
Under the Texas Family Code, the courts will consider parenting history and experiences of the parents involving the child(ren) in that case. This includes where the child physically lived most of the time and which parent made most of the classic questions of parenting, including but not limited to: educational decisions, medical care, who spends time caring for and nurturing the children.
Other factors that will be considered include:
- The age of the children
- The current health needs of the children
- The location of the proposed residence to the child's school
- The child's relationship/access to other family members
- The child's preference (if they are old enough)
- Any special needs the child has
Similarly to child support modifications, a parent can petition the court to modify or change the current order but only when they have shown the court that material and significant changes in the circumstances of the parties have changed, AND the changes are in the best interest of the child.
Help Through the Relocation Process
Relocating a child often comes up when the child’s parents are military or because of other economic factors. Depending on the circumstances and the age of the child, the court handles these cases with the most care. Relocating a child means removing him or her from her friends, family and support structure.
You need experienced child advocates who understand the issues that the court will consider and most importantly, your child’s needs in this difficult process.
Ready to start discussing your child custody matter? We're ready to hear your family's story. Contact us today to request an initial consultation.