Protecting the best interests of your child in all custody related matters.
A judge’s ruling on visitation will dictate the schedule for visits with your child, the length of time for the visits, and whether the visits will need to be supervised. These are all critically important matters relating to access to your children and your children’s well-being. The court will decide on child visitation using what they believe to be in the best interest of the child. Attorney I am here to help make sure the court is fully informed as to what should be taken into account when rendering this type of decision. I am also here to ensure that your voice is heard in these matters.
How is Child Visitation determined in Texas?
In Texas, child visitation is referred to as possession of and access to a child. The judge will base the visitation schedule, called the standard possession order, on the best interests of the child. The parents may agree on a schedule themselves, but, if they cannot reach an agreement, a judge will make a ruling. The schedule will lay out when each parent is entitled to spend time with the child. In certain cases, a judge may order supervised visitation or no visitation at all. This occurs if one party is able to prove that unsupervised visitation or any type of visitation would put the child’s emotional or physical well-being at risk of harm.
Visitation can be ordered regardless of the child custody situation. In Texas, child custody is called “conservatorship.” Joint managing conservatorships (JMC) is always presumed to be in the best interest of the child and a Texas judge will order JMC unless it can be shown otherwise. In a JMC, both parents share in rights and responsibilities in parenting the child. It does not mean that each parent will have equal rights and access, but that the judge will specify rights and responsibilities to each parent. These rights and responsibilities include:
Decisions regarding the education of the child;
Decisions regarding invasive medical procedures for the child; and
Determination of the child’s primary residence.
Legal guidance you can depend on through all child visitation matters.
Child visitation proceedings can be complex in addition to being stressful and often emotional. When things effect our children, I take them to heart. It is just what we do as parents. I want to protect your legal interests and the best interests of your child throughout the child visitation determination process. You can call me at 281-990-2080 or go online. I help families in Texas areas including: Spring, Conroe, The Woodlands and Montgomery County.