Child custody disputes can be overwhelming both legally and emotionally and should not be taken lightly. Deborah L. Thompson, Attorney at Law, has the experience needed to guide you through this difficult time and will fight aggressively to help you reach the goal you desire.

Joint Managing Conservators

Texas family laws are designed to ensure the best interests of the child or children involved. In many cases, this means that a joint managing conservator order will be issued. In such cases, both parents retain largely equal right and responsibilities, although one parent retains the right to decide the child’s primary residence. The other parent is then granted periods of possession through the standard possession order—if the parents live within 100 miles of one another—which allows:

  • Two weekends each month, often starting Thursday evening and ending Monday
  • Overnights every Thursday during the school year
  • 30 days during the summer
  • An even split between parents on holidays throughout the year.

Assuming both parents have a healthy relationship with their child or children, a joint managing conservatorship is the most common option.

Sole Managing Conservator

In some child custody disputes, the court can appoint one parent as a sole managing conservator, granting them more of the parental rights and responsibilities that are traditionally shared. Usually, the other parent will retain visitation and possession rights in such cases which may or may not follow the standard possession order.

Other Possession Arrangements

Standard possession orders are presumed to be in the best interest of the children, but parents are also free to develop their own schedule of visitation and possession. Provided this is agreed upon without any duress by both parties and the judge believes it is in the best interest of the children, a judge will usually consent to it. However, the standard possession order is put in place during child custody disputes in which the two sides cannot reach agreement.

Limited Possession/Visitation

Occasionally, in cases of documented violence or abuse toward a spouse, child, or other family member, the court can severely limit or deny parental visitation or possession. While the temptation to badmouth your former spouse can be powerful, taking the high road often demonstrates to the court that you are truly the parent who has the child’s best interests at heart.

Deborah L. Thompson, Attorney at Law, is a former prosecutor whose extensive trial experience sets her apart from many Houston, Texas family law attorneys. She knows the ins and outs of child custody law, and will work passionately to secure the best possible child custody arrangement for you and your child. Contact Attorney Thompson to discuss your case and fight for your parental rights.

Call 713-532-6272 today to schedule a consultation to discuss your Houston, Texas family law case!