Galveston Child Custody Lawyer

Child Custody & Visitation Lawyer Serving Houston, Galveston & League City

It is often the case that children are the principal victims of divorce. Even when parents do not intend to, they make child custody and visitation rights a battleground–in some cases as a proxy for other unresolved financial or emotional issues. Obviously, every parent wants to do what is right for their children. But when you and your spouse (or unmarried co-parent) cannot agree on “what is right,” you have every right to work with a skilled child custody lawyer to assist you in making your case to the court.

The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates assists parents in Houston, Galveston, League City, and the surrounding areas with all kinds of child custody and visitation issues, including modifying an existing agreement following a divorce or other change in circumstances. We understand how to handle custody disputes with maximum sensitivity and discretion. At the same time, we will be aggressive in ensuring the court respects your legal rights as a parent.

How Conservatorship and Possession Works in Texas

The Texas Family Code spells out how child custody proceedings work in the state. Technically, it is not called child custody. Instead, the Family Code refers to “conservatorship and possession” of a child. In many cases the court will name both parents as “joint managing conservators,” meaning they share responsibility for making critical decisions regarding the child’s care and well-being. However, one parent is almost always granted the “exclusive right to designate the primary residence,: i.e. who the child will live with the majority of the time.

If the court decides to only name just one parent as sole managing conservator, the other parent is usually named a “possessory conservator,” which is the legal term for granting the non-custodial parent regular visitation rights. A judge should never deprive a parent of access to his or her child unless doing so would endanger their physical or emotional welfare. Among other things, this means a court cannot restrict a parent’s access to their children for failing to pay child support.

Indeed, the Family Code expressly states that the “best interest of the child shall always be the primary consideration” when deciding issues of custody and visitation. Obviously, this is not a one-size-fits-all standard. The unique facts and circumstances of each family’s situation must be considered. And as things change over time–e.g., one parent gets remarried or has to move out of town for work–it may be necessary to revisit and amend a prior conservatorship and possession order.

We Will Work to Obtain the Best Result for Your Family

Remember, child custody does not have to be a “battle.” The goal is not to “win” over the other parent. Rather, it is to reach a mutually satisfactory arrangement that benefits all parties involved–especially your children. Hiring an experienced Galveston child custody and visitation lawyer does not mean you are looking for a fight. It simply means that you want to make sure a judge has all of the relevant facts and legal arguments before making a decision. Attorney Tad Nelson and his experienced legal team only want to reach the right outcome for you and your family. Contact the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates today at (281) 962-7679 to schedule a consultation.

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