The Woodlands Child Custody and Visitation Attorneys
Divorces can be taxing enough when it’s just you and your spouse, and adding children to the mix can be more than simply stressful. The thought of losing your custody or visitation rights can be heartbreaking, and everyone hopes that both parents are putting their child first. It is often in the child’s best interest to keep as steady a living situation as possible, but also to have direct and consistent contact with both parents. Finding a solution to these issues can be immensely difficult without the help of an attorney, especially if the separation was painful or talking with your ex-spouse would be more than uncomfortable. You know what is best for your child, but the legal process of divorce, not to mention custody and visitation right battles, is complicated and can sometimes drown either parent out.
Our experienced attorneys know how to reach a fair agreement that doesn’t infringe upon your parental rights. You already know how to fight passionately for your child; let a lawyer from BB Law Group PLLC fight with you. We’ll not only make sure your voice is heard, but we’ll ensure that the process is as quick and stress-free as possible so you can get back to raising your child and making sure that they’re taken care of during the ordeal.
How We Can Help
It’s an unfortunate reality that these legal battles are sometimes necessary. Both parents will fight tooth and nail for the primary or sole custody of their children, even though it’s proven that the active involvement of both parents is crucial to the development of a child. With that being said, the rights you hold as a parent are extremely important, and you’ll know best how your child will be safe and happy. In a discussion about custody, our main goal is to ensure that the decision is fair to both you and your child.
Many parents who have had to go through a legal battle concerning custody know that it’s not always so black and white. What is true at the time of your divorce may not be true in two years time. If there are major changes to your relationship with your child’s other parent or the child’s health and well-being, modifications will need to be made. If a parent is refusing to cooperate after a deal was set, legal intervention may be the only option you have. Some of these cases related to child custody and visitation cases that we can help with include:
- Modifications to child custody
- Modifications to visitation agreements
- Enforcing custody / visitation agreements
No one should come between a parent and their child, and your parental rights should never be downplayed or denied. We are equipped to handle your case and we will help you get the custody and visitation rights that you deserve. Ensuring that both parents have fair visitation rights that are simultaneously beneficial to your child is of the utmost importance. Don’t settle for an attorney who won’t work to make this a reality.
You Are Not Alone in This
From 2010 to 2016, The Woodlands saw an influx of over 10,000 people to the area, increasing our population to 102,911. Records show that over eight percent of our total population is divorced—nearly 10,000 people. Almost half of all households have at least one child, suggesting that four percent of the children in The Woodlands have watched their parents go through a divorce. These numbers seem dismal, but with the right precautions and legal assistance, a divorce doesn’t have to affect the mental or physical health of your child. Studies have shown that children experience less stress when they have a stable custody agreement following a divorce. To ensure that this is the case, people going through a divorce should focus on the well-being of their children; if two ex-spouses can come together as parents to make sure their children are taken care of, then the happiness of your children can be assured.
Further studies have regarded the different types of custody and their effects on the well-being of the child. Some have shown that joint parental custody typically ensures that the child grows up in the best possible environment. This is, unfortunately, only possible when both parties decide to cooperate due to a shared respect for the needs of the child. On a case-by-case basis, sole custody may be the best approach for the safety and health of a child, but deciding which custody is best to pursue for your child will not always be simple or straightforward. The Woodlands attorneys have the experience necessary to help your child receive their best possible situation all while protecting your parental rights.
How to Navigate Custody Terms
It can be massively beneficial to you, as a parent, to know exactly what some custody terms mean. Whether you’re confused about the exact definition of each term or how you should handle the decisions that are made, having a knowledgeable attorney by your side can help.
Joint and Sole Custody
A good way to ensure stability in the future of your child’s life is a joint custody agreement where both parents share the custody of their child. If both parents are willing to put in the work and care to ensure their child is raised according to their parental values a joint custody agreement may be the solution. In a joint custody agreement child support is not applicable since the child ideally spends an equal amount of time with both parents.
However there are some cases where sole custody of a child should be pursued. It is important to know that there are two types of sole custody:
- Sole Legal Custody: All crucial decisions in a child’s life including welfare, education, and medical care all fall under the parental right of one parent.
- Sole Physical Custody: The child will be physically living with one parent. Visitation is subject to the court depending on the ruling.
In most cases, a single parent will have both sole physical and legal custody. However, in either case, the noncustodial party may have visitation rights and an obligation to pay child support—depending on the ruling of the court. The legal system surrounding custody can be complicated, and fighting for sole custody and navigating the legal paperwork can be difficult.
In order to ensure that the child receives adequate care and attention from both parents, courts may denote one of the parents as the non-custodial parent. This just means that the child spends a majority of their time with the other, custodial parent. The court recognizes that in order to have a stable childhood, both parents need to be present to some degree in their child’s life. Visitation rights are a way to establish a steady relationship between a child and noncustodial parent. There are many factors that lead to a court decision denoting one of the parents as the non-custodial parent, they include:
- How far away the noncustodial parent lives compared to the child’s schooling
- When did the noncustodial parent start fighting for visitation rights
- Any abuse history by the side of the noncustodial parent
It is important to keep in mind that the courts will not consider certain factors in their ruling of the noncustodial parent. These factors include: remarriage, employment, and child support payments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Going through a custody battle is stressful and often chaotic. There is a lot of uncertainty, but overall you want to be there for your child. When it comes to your questions about your parental rights to custody and visitation, you’ll find that many answers will be unique to your case. However, we receive a few very common questions from parents going through a custody case and have compiled them for your convenience.
How can I explain my divorce to my child?
When it comes to educating your child about your divorce, it’s best to talk with them preemptively, rather than waiting for them to come to you with questions. An immediate discussion can help calm many fears, and it’s important to have a dialogue with your child, not a lecture. The topic may come as a shock to your child, and they may not want to know details until later. It’s best to let your child have plenty of room to be upset—let them know that you’re there and able to explain anything to them. Try to answer their questions as openly and honestly as possible. Having your spouse with you can help to ensure that neither of you is leaving your child’s life.
Do I need an attorney if my spouse and I agree on the terms of custody?
It’s in yours and your spouse’s best interest to hire an attorney. If you agree completely on all of the terms, you can hire just a single lawyer, which is less expensive and will be more efficient. However, what is an agreement today may come up as a disagreement later, and it’s good to have everything in writing so that you can distinguish a set agreement from a false memory or deception. An attorney or mediator can create a legally-binding document that you can use to enforce visitation, custody, or even support agreements.
Why should I choose BB Law Group PLLC?
The BB Law Group PLLC is one of the most trusted names in family law. Since formation, our attorneys have dedicated themselves to family law, so you can trust that we have the experience you need. We pride ourselves on our personalized style, enabling us to fight based on your unique situation and desires. Our previous clients agree: we’re a friendly firm, dedicated to protecting your parental rights and ensuring that your children stay safe.
Let Us Help You
Child custody disagreements are never easy and you shouldn’t have settle for an unfair decision, especially when it comes to your child. The attorneys at BB Law Group PLLC, are dedicated to making sure that your parental rights are heard during a custody battle. Don’t let your child grow up under visitation and custodial rights you didn’t agree to. Contact us at (832) 534-2589 to get started.