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Child custody and visitation are just two of many concerns when facing a divorce in Texas. The future of the children and the ability to spend quality time with them, even after the dissolution of your marriage, is the most important thing to a parent. We have always put our primary focus on fighting for our clients in getting the custody of their children and have fair visitation rights. Our family law attorneys take a pride on representing mothers and fathers in their custody battles and working to get a favorable outcome, not only for parents, but also for the children.


When couples are in the divorce process, many questions may arise that pertain to child custody such as visitation, decisions made by the court, how to deal with the stress of such an ordeal, how the process will affect children, among many other issues. When the court issues its divorce decree, it will outline the rules and regulations concerning who the child will live with, as well as the conditions of visitation relating to the non-custodial parent.


Most often, parents will work out the children’s living arrangements amongst themselves, with the assistance of an attorney, or through mediation. In the case that the parties simply cannot come to an agreement on which parent will take primary possession of the child(ren), the court then has the obligation to make a decision, and the court will base its decision on the best interest of the child.


When the court is deciding who will be the custodial parent, they take into consideration the child’s wellbeing, as well as many other factors. The custodial parent will have to adhere to the court’s ruling and calendar of when the non-custodial parent will see his/her child. The court will normally appoint both parents as joint managing conservators to allow both parents to be involved in the decision making for the children.


Many parents will opt for joint-custody of the child to ensure that their child will see both the mother and father equally. This, however, does not mean equal time with the child. Joint custody of the child requires cooperation between each parent (which takes considerable work for both individuals). Therefore, the court may not award joint custody unless both parents can openly demonstrate that they are capable of getting along and making joint decisions for the child.


Another option that parents may take concerning the custody of their child(ren), is split custody, in which one parent takes custody of one or more children, while the other parent takes custody of the other(s). However, courts do not look at this as a favorable option, as they believe it is in the best interest of the children to remain together.


The court takes into consideration several factors when deciding who will have custody over the children, including:

  • The preference of the child (the court will interview the child and take the child’s preference into consideration, if the child is old enough);
  • The mental and physical health of both parents;
  • The need for a stable home environment;
  • Support from family members as well as interaction;
  • Adjustment to schools and community;
  • Age and sex of the child;
  • Parental use of excessive discipline or emotional abuse; and/or
  • Evidence of alcohol or drug abuse.

The court will ultimately determine which parent will be best suited to take care of the children and the children’s best interests. Although at times this may be a difficult decision to make, but the court will weigh heavily on which parent has been the child’s primary care taker.


If you and your spouse are having disputes regarding custody of your kids or you are having a custody battle with the other parent of your child, having the help of a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney can be a great help. A family law attorney with experience of dealing with complex custody matters, knows the ins and outs the family laws in Texas and can help you present a strong custody matter in front of the court and avoid the common mistakes in child custody matters.


When representing you for your custody matter, we will sit with you to go over the details of your case and gather information to establish your strong relationship with your children. It is extremely important to show in court that you are involved in your child’s life, school, education, community, sports, and extra-curricular activities. So, as your child custody lawyer, we will make sure that your case shows all these ties to your child’s life to help court decide the custody. Along with that, we will also help you identify any negative issues or complaints you have about the other parent of your child, to show court the concerns and complications that can arise, if he or she gets the custody.


Meet our Family Law Attorneys


As one of the most experienced family law firm in Dallas, our attorneys will help you each step of the way of your custody case. We will make sure that this frightening and confusing time of fighting the custody battle of your child becomes less challenging and you get an outcome that works best for your and your children. Our family law attorney, Amber Shemesh is extremely passionate about custody matters and is here to discuss the details of your case with a free consultation appointment. We also offer convenient installment plans and accept all major credit cards.


For your child custody free consultation and questions, we can be reached by calling 972.789.1664, emailing, or filling out the form on top of this page.





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