A parent’s right to make decisions for their children, custody orders, and child support obligations are three different determinations during a divorce. At The Collin County Law Group, board-certified family law attorneys help families find favorable case resolutions that support children and their parents. A trained mediator can help your family amicably determine a solution outside of court. However, a seasoned family attorney can also capably litigate on your behalf if you and your ex-spouse cannot come to an agreement.
We aim to protect your relationship with your child and always pursue the path that is in their best interests. An Allen Child Custody Lawyer will learn about your family’s unique needs before pursuing a long-term solution that can work for the entire family. It is essential to implement a plan that takes all family members into account to encourage a positive relationship into the future.
Understanding Custody Options
Under state law, there are two types of custody arrangements, known as managing conservatorships: joint management and sole management. Joint managing conservatorships are favored by the court and are the most common custody outcome. Whenever possible, the court wants both parents to play a role in their child’s life. As joint managing conservators, both parents hold decision-making responsibilities and share time with the child. A sole managing conservator holds all decision-making responsibilities as well as the right to receive child support from the other parent.
How Are Custody Arrangements Decided?
Conservatorship, possession of, and access to the children can be cooperatively decided if parents are willing to negotiate a custody plan, create a visitation schedule, and produce a written agreement. Once agreed upon, the court can approve it without litigation.
If parents cannot agree on a plan, the court will decide. The court’s goal is always to support the best interests of the child. While a number of factors are involved in this decision, a few include:
- How active each parent is in a child’s life
- What arrangement can provide the child with the most stability
- The child’s wishes
- Whether either parent has a history of criminal convictions or addiction
- Whether there is a history of domestic abuse
- The parents’ mental and physical health
- Parental conflicts
- The child’s general best interests
Contact an Allen Child Custody Lawyer
We know that your children and their well-being are incredibly important to your happiness. Our team takes their responsibility as your attorney seriously. We make all decisions based on what is in your family’s best interests and what plan can help you establish a better future. If you have questions, contact an Allen child custody lawyer.