Protecting the Best Interests of the Child
When deciding on legal issues involving children, Texas courts are guided by the principle of protecting the best interests of the children involved. This is important to remember if you are engaged in a custody dispute or another legal matter that involves your children. The parents' wishes are secondary to what is best for the children.
Typically, the Texas family courts presume that joint legal custody will be best unless one parent can prove otherwise. Additionally, there are many factors considered in awarding primary physical custody, including:
- The history of contact between the parent and child
- The relationship between each parent and the child
- The health, safety, and welfare of the child
- The health of the parents
- Where the parents live
- How close the parents live to each other
- Each parent’s finances
- Any history of child abuse
Aside from situations in which there is abuse or neglect, children are always best served by maintaining a meaningful relationship with both parents. This approach can help combative parents get away from a "me vs. you" mindset when resolving legal disputes involving their children.
What an Experienced Child Custody Attorney Can Do for You
When the divorce process gets messy and you have a child custody battle on your hands going to court, one of the most detrimental things you can do for yourself is to try to handle the case on your own.
If you attempt navigating the family court system without an attorney, you risk overlooking important details that could have a significant impact on the amount of time you get to spend with your child and the amount of money you could have to pay your former spouse for child support.
Establishing child custody does not have to be a contentious legal battle. We can work together toward the common goal of doing what's best for the children. In guiding my clients through these sensitive issues, I work to help disputing parents find common ground and amicable solutions.
Choose the Law Office of James Giries
I understand that there are situations where some parties simply refuse to be reasonable. When aggressive litigation is required to protect your parental rights, I am always prepared. You deserve to talk to a lawyer who can guide you to a favorable outcome, and shouldn’t wait to seek the legal assistance you need to move forward. Reach out today for compassionate legal guidance and support.