Going through a divorce is a trying experience. Getting a divorce when you have children can be even more so. When the stress builds, it’s understandable. One of the best ways to alleviate that stress and ensure everything goes smoothly is to work with a child custody lawyer. The Quiñonez Law Firm in El Paso can help you navigate the legal aftermath of a divorce.
Divorce and Child Custody in Texas
If you live in Texas and file for a divorce from your spouse, there are a few things you can expect to happen, including:
- Establishing solid grounds for the divorce
- Dividing property-Texas follows community property laws, meaning—minus a few exceptions—you will have to divide your property evenly
- Filing for child custody and support
In Texas, child custody is determined by many factors:
- The best interests of the child
- The child’s testimony if he or she is over the age of 12
- Background checks and prior domestic abuse
- Where the child lives
Texas laws focus almost solely on the best interest of the child, since divorce can cause a lot of tension between parents. The judge may grant you sole or joint custody depending on the situation and what you and your spouse decide.
In Texas, the custodial parent is referred to as the conservator. Regardless if you have joint or sole conservatorship, you will be responsible for your child’s:
- Health, such as taking them to the doctor and dentist
- Education, ensuring they attend school and participate
- Participation in afterschool activities (when applicable)
Your rights include consenting to medical procedures and surgeries for your child, requesting medical and educational documents, talking to a medical and educational professional about your child, and obtaining information from the other parent about the child’s health, education, and wellbeing. If you are awarded joint conservatorship, the judge will assign the rights and duties to each parent.
Why Work With a Lawyer?
The fight for custody, especially when aiming for sole custody, can be a long and tiring battle. There will be a lot of legal documentation and jargon to sort through and working with a lawyer can help make this process easier. Plus, a family lawyer will be able to help you when preparing for the court hearing and by representing you the day of. If you’re in need of a child custody lawyer, the Quiñonez Law Firm can help. Call us today to learn more!