Denton Sole Child Custody Attorneys
Child custody is one of the most important components of a divorce agreement. The custody and visitation agreement will determine how much time you get to spend with your children, as well as whether or not you get to make important decisions for them. If you are interested in having primary responsibility for your children, then you may want to consider pursuing sole custody. In Texas, courts prefer to grant joint custody, so to give yourself the best chance of being awarded sole custody, you will want to hire an experienced family law attorney.
For nearly two decades, the sole child custody attorneys at Alexander & Associates have been helping residents of Denton with their divorce agreements, including securing sole custody. We can help gather the evidence and formulate the arguments necessary to give you the best chance of being awarded sole custody. Contact us today at (972) 420-6560 or by reaching out to us online to learn more.
Do I Need a Sole Custody Attorney?
Because Texas law has a preference for joint custody arrangements, you will need to hire an attorney to give yourself the best chance of achieving sole custody. Especially if your ex-partner disagrees, it will be up to you to prove to the judge that sole custody is in the best interest of your child. Proving this may involve many factors, such as demonstrating your relative financial stability, relationship with your child, and parenting ability.
It is likely in Texas that you will also have to prove that your ex-partner is unfit to have custody of your children. To prove that they are unfit, you may have to demonstrate financial instability, history of drug or alcohol abuse, history of child neglect or abuse, or more. An attorney with experience handling child custody cases in Texas will know what evidence is likely to be persuasive to a judge and how to collect this evidence. They will be able to argue with the judge on your behalf, and refute any defenses your ex-partner or their legal counsel may raise. With a lawyer on your side, you have a much greater chance of receiving or maintaining sole custody.
Why Choose Alexander & Associates to Handle My Case?
The lawyers from Alexander & Associates have worked in the Denton area for years. We stand out among law firms because of our local roots and the way we treat our clients. Our clients are happy with the way we keep them informed about their cases. We give every case the time and attention needed to ensure the best outcome for you as the client. Our superior representation has won us numerous awards and accolades, including being named to the 10 Best for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.
If you are in need of a custody attorney in the Denton area, we would be proud to serve you.
What is Sole Custody?
When one parent only manages the decisions for a child’s upbringing and the child lives with that parent, this is referred to as sole custody. Sole custody is the opposite of joint custody, in which two parents share the physical and/or legal custody of a child. Generally, sole custody is only granted if one parent is proven to be unfit.
Custody is further divided into two types: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to the right and responsibility to make decisions about a child’s upbringing. This includes decisions regarding schooling, religion, and medical care. Physical custody refers to the right and responsibility to care for the child’s living situation, such as food and housing. It is possible to have sole legal custody but joint physical custody, or vice versa.
It is important to note that sole physical custody does not necessarily mean that the child will never see the non-custodial parent. Even when sole custody is granted, a visitation schedule will usually still have to be worked out, unless you can demonstrate that it is in the child’s best interest for them to have no contact with the other parent. Sole physical custody simply means that the child will live with the custodial parent for the majority of the time.
While in many states a parent who has custody of a child is referred to as a custodian of the child, in Texas, the parent with custody is called a conservator. Conservatorship is the term for the role the parent plays when they have custody of a child. So, sole custody is similar to the term sole conservatorship.
How Do the Courts Decide Custody?
In Texas, the courts are required to consider the best interests of the child in a custody proceeding. This means that the custody arrangement must best suit the needs of the child, regardless of the parents’ wishes. Some factors the court will consider when determining custody include:
- The child’s wishes (if the child is at least 12 years old)
- The emotional and physical needs of the child, now and in the future
- Any current or future emotional or physical danger to the child
- The parenting abilities of each parent
- Each parent’s financial stability
- The distance between the parents’ homes
- The plans for the child that each parent has
- Whether the parents can work together
- Each parent’s work situation, including travel obligations and work hours
- How stable the proposed home for the child is
- Instances of violence, abuse, or neglect
- Any acts or omissions of either parent that may show the parent is unfit, including any explanations for the parent’s behavior
The bottom line is that any case seeking sole custody for a parent must demonstrate that it is in the child’s best interest for the court to make that custody award.
Contact Us Right Away
If you are interested in being granted sole custody of your children, contact the child custody/visitation lawyers from Alexander & Associates right away for help. We can be reached at (972) 420-6560, or by email or live chat on our website. Call us today to learn more about what we can do to protect the best interests of your children and your family.