Georgetown, Texas Child Custody Attorney Fights for Your Children’s Best Interests
Helping families in crisis for more than 30 years
My staff and I at Kevin Henderson Attorney at Law reliably serve Williamson County, Round Rock, Austin, Temple and Bastrop. I do my best to avoid a courtroom trial when it’s not necessary, but I’m not intimidated by litigation. I have practiced family law for more than 30 years and served as a county judge for 8 years. I am as comfortable in the courtroom as I am in my office.
How do Texas courts decide who gets custody?
Courts in Texas follow a legal standard that gives the best interests of the child the highest priority in custody issues. Deciding what is in the best interests of a child in a given situation requires consideration of many factors, including:
- The child’s age, gender, mental and physical health
- The parents’ mental and physical health
- The parents’ lifestyle and other social factors, including any history of child abuse
- The emotional bond between parent and child, as well as the parents’ ability to give the child guidance
- The parents’ ability to provide the child with food, shelter, clothing and medical care
- The child’s established living pattern (school, home, community, religious institution)
- The quality of the child’s education in the current situation
- The impact on the child of changing the status quo
- The child’s preference, if the child is mature enough to formulate and articulate an opinion (normally around age 12)
Custody battles can be confusing and emotional. Seeking the help of a qualified divorce attorney in Georgetown, TX can dramatically reduce your stress and anxiety and give you confidence in the outcome.
What is conservatorship?
In Texas, custody is called “conservatorship.” Conservatorship is used to describe the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent or guardian. A judge may give conservatorship to one or both parents. This is the first decision the court makes regarding how decisions affecting the child will be made and who will make them.
Normally, conservatorship includes the right to:
- Get information for the other parent regarding the health, welfare or education of the child
- Have access to medical, dental, psychological and educational records of the child
- Talk to a physician, dentist or psychologist about the child
- Talk to school officials concerning the child’s welfare or educational status, including school activities
- Consent to medical, surgical and dental treatment during an emergency involving an immediate danger to the health and safety of the child
What is possession and access?
The right to possession and access of children refers to visitation with and access to the children.
A person with a right to possession has the right to take the children, for a specific period of time and sometimes limited within a specific geographic area, and spend time with them. A person who has abused, abandoned, or in any way harmed or threatened the well-being of the children may be required to have possession time continually supervised by another person.
Access is more limited than possession. Access can be as little as a 15-minute phone call once a year on the child’s birthday. A right of access (which is all most grandparents can legally request from the court), does not grant any visitation time with the child.
Georgetown, TX child custody attorney explains custody laws
My staff and I at Kevin Henderson Attorney at Law are well-versed in multiple family law topics. I offer consultations to discuss your case and I provide sound legal advice you can rely on from a board-certified family law attorney serving Williamson County, Round Rock, Austin, Temple, and Bastrop. Call me or contact my office online to arrange a consultation.