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Deer Park Child Custody Lawyers

Houston Custody Attorneys Serving Harris County, TX

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One of the most contested and volatile parts of the divorce process are the decisions about what will happen with the children. Child custody can lead to a drawn-out court battle that is not good for the children - or the two parties involved. Additionally, the ultimate decision of child custody will also affect who pays what for child support. Because of these difficult negotiations, it is essential that you hire a Deer Park child custody attorney when going through a divorce that involves children.

To speak with an experienced Houston custody lawyer, contact us online or give us a call today!

Can You Get a Court Appointed Attorney for Child Custody in Texas?

Normally, a court does not have to appoint an attorney for child custody cases in Texas. This would occur if the court is asked to hold one of the defendants in contempt. Regarding to family law, this is especially accurate for cases that include a child, such as divorce, child custody, adoption, and others.

If your case goes to court, you will find that the courts are not interested in hearing about who did what to whom. Their goal is to do whatever is in the best interest of the child, and to move the case through as quickly as possible. In these instances, it is important that you have an experienced Houston custody lawyer who will represent you and make sure you voice is heard in court.

There are several types of custody that are common in the state of Texas:

  • Sole Custody: One parent has the main responsibility, and usually receives child support from the other parent, who may also have visitation.
  • Joint managing custody: Major decisions and costs are handled by both parents.
  • Primary joint managing custody: While both parents are involved and make decisions, one parent has more decision-making power and responsibility. This is usually the parent that receives support.

If you have a particular reason why you think your spouse should not have joint custody with you, such as serious concerns about the safety of your children, you need to hire a Houston custody attorney to represent you and make sure your concerns are voiced and heard by the judge. Your child's safety and well-being is the court's main concern, and how your case is presented can significantly affect the final decision on these crucial issues.

Child Custody Attorney in Deer Park

At Slate & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our legal team is experienced in handling divorce cases involving child custody. We understand the sensitive nature of child custody cases, and we handle all of our cases with compassion and discretion. It is our goal to help families make it through the divorce process intact, and with as little change in their day-to-day lives as possible.

Do I Really Need A Lawyer For Child Custody In Texas?

Texas family laws can be complex and states a joint conservatorship order suggests parents share decision making about most concerns for their child(ren). We recommend that you work with a Houston custody attorney that will handle the lengthy documentation and represent your interests in this difficult battle.

Contact a Deer Park child custody attorney from our firm today if you are going through a child custody legal issue and need quality legal counsel to represent you. We serve clients throughout the greater Houston area. Give us a call today.

Why Choose Us?

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