CHILD CUSTODY & SUPPORT ATTORNEYS IN MCKINNEY, TEXAS
Helping You Secure Fair Child
Custody And Support Orders
A parent’s right to make decisions for their children, custody orders, and child support obligations are three different determinations during a divorce. At Andor, Goheen, O’Toole, Wadas, Gonzalez, P.L.L.C., board-certified family law attorney Joshua Andor helps families find favorable case resolutions that support children and their parents. A trained mediator, Josh can help your family amicably determine a solution outside of court. However, he 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. Josh 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 Texas 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
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
The child’s general best interests
Determining Child Support Payments
Support orders are determined based on each parent’s income level, the number of supported children, and their custody arrangement. Typically, the non-custodial parent pays some level of child support until the child turns 18.
Once a child support order is established, parents are bound by its terms. If an individual fails to meet their support obligations, they can be held in contempt of court. After your divorce is finalized, custody and support orders can be modified if either parent’s circumstances drastically change. Josh can help you modify an existing order or enforce an order if the other parent fails to uphold their responsibility.
Contact Us For Compassionate Counsel
We know that your children and their well-being are incredibly important to your happiness. Josh takes his responsibility as your family law attorney very 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 about custody and support, call Andor, Goheen, O’Toole, Wadas, Gonzalez, P.L.L.C., by phone to schedule a consultation. You may also contact our McKinney office online.