Arlington Child Custody Lawyer

Texas Child Custody and Visitation Lawyer

Children are the most important part of a divorce. At the Law Offices of Karen Cushman, P.C., in Arlington, Texas, we firmly protect your child's best interests while defending your rights to your children.

For a 20-minute consultation with a compassionate and client-focused Texas family law attorney, contact us. Located in Arlington, Texas, we represent clients throughout Tarrant County and the Mid-Cities region.

Texas Child Custody Law: Conservatorship, Possession and Access

In Texas, child custody is called "conservatorship." The parent who has physical or primary custody of the child (the child lives with him or her) is called the "managing conservator." The other parent is a "possessory conservator." When parents share the care of their children (joint custody), they are called "joint conservators." Joint conservators make major decisions together, including healthcare and schooling.

Texas law favors joint conservatorship when it is in the child's best interests. Children benefit greatly from having contact with both parents in a stable and nonviolent environment.

What Is the Process for Determining Child Custody/Conservatorship?

Child custody can be a part of Texas divorce proceedings; it can be a stand-alone process when parents are not married, or it may be included in child support hearings. If you and the other parent can agree on child custody/conservatorship, and your agreement is in the best interests of your children, you can enter into a written parenting plan. The process will be quick and reduce the impact on your children.

However, there are also less traumatic options when you do not agree. At the Law Offices of Karen Cushman, P.C., we support the resolution of family law matters through non-adversarial and respectful proceedings, such as mediation or the collaborative approach. We are also skilled litigators in family court when you must fight for your time with your child.

No matter what process you choose, we will help you determine:

  • Whether joint conservatorship is the best choice in your case
  • If not, which party should be the managing conservator
  • What visitation rights the possessory conservator should have
  • Whether a court-appointed parenting coordinator could help you resolve your issues and reduce misunderstandings
  • How much the possessory conservator should pay in child support

Fathers' Rights in Child Custody

Children need their dads. Yet, the fathers' child custody interests often take back seat to what the mother wants for the children. You have a right to see your children and an equal right to petition for child custody. Texas fathers' rights attorney Karen Cushman is a strong advocate for you and other fathers in court.

Child Support Issues

Children should not be disadvantaged because their parents do not live together. While custody may take care of a child's emotional needs, child support ensures that their basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter are met. If a parent is not meeting their child support obligation, there are steps that can be taken to enforce a child support order.

Contact Us

For legal representation with a high degree of personal attention, contact us at our law offices in Arlington, Texas, to schedule a free 20-minute consultation with a knowledgeable child custody lawyer. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.