Assistance With Making Emotional, Complicated Decisions
Legal matters that concern your children are emotional and overwhelming. The long-term implications of such disputes can be challenging to consider and can affect your judgment when it comes to making significant decisions.
As a board-certified family law attorney, Wilfried P. Schmitz understands the complicated nature of decisions affecting your children. Assisting families throughout the counties of Liberty, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris since 1984, we at Wilfried P. Schmitz & Associates, P.C., are committed to a clear approach that prioritizes the interests of both you and your children.
How Is Child Custody Determined In Texas?
In Texas, parents may attempt to resolve child custody matters on their own. If a decision is not reached independently, the court will determine a resolution. They will also likely issue a standard possession order (SPO), which dictates possession of and access to the child.
Texas courts generally agree that children benefit from a healthy relationship with both parents. Because of this, joint conservatorship or custody is often preferable. Courts will consider:
- If joint conservatorship is in the best interests of the child
- If both parents are willing to support the child’s relationship with the other
- If both parents can effectively communicate with each other
- If both parents actively contributed to the upbringing and development of the child
We can assist if your circumstances involve additional considerations, including parental relocation, paternity, fathers’ rights and more. We will represent your interests to arrive at a suitable outcome.
Prioritizing The Best Interests Of Your Child
In any legal issue involving your children, including those related to financial support, we will prioritize their needs and interests. In doing so, we will work to keep your child out of a combative courtroom setting when possible.
In recognition of this, typically, the use of a child psychologist will relieve your children of any obligations or pressure. This also helps us to understand the current family dynamics and anticipate what these dynamics could look like following the divorce. By understanding this, we can advocate for a workable conservatorship and visitation arrangement that best fits your children’s needs and interests.