Austin Child Custody and Visitation Attorneys
Perhaps the most contentious issue in a divorce is the matter of child custody.
When children are involved, parents try to strike a balance between independence from their former spouse and maintaining a relationship in which both parents can have a meaningful connection with their children. Every situation is different, and the custody of a child depends greatly on the nature of the divorce and the decisions made by family courts. The family law attorneys at the Evans Law Firm will serve as fierce advocates for your cause, making sure that you and your child’s interests are being represented.
The courts will consider a number of factors to determine “conservatorship” – the role and responsibilities of the parents. Courts consider the income generated by parents, the ability to provide a stable environment and the ability to provide overall care for the child, among other factors. These factors will determine whether parents have joint managing conservatorship (in which both parents share responsibilities) or whether one parent has sole managing conservatorship.
Courts will often consider many of the same factors when deciding the level of access each parent has to the child. As opposed to conservatorship, “access” has less to do with the decisions parents can make over the child’s care, and centers mostly on the amount of time each parent will be able to spend with the child. The courts will also consider the wishes and agreements of the parents.
Changes to Custody Orders
If one parent believes that their living situation has changed to a degree that warrants a change in custody, they can seek a modification of custody orders. It will be up to the parent seeking changes to prove that either or both parents’ situations have improved (or deteriorated) the point that courts should alter the original order.
If you are in the process of a divorce or considering modifications to your custody order, the family attorneys at the Evans Law Firm can help. We will evaluate your case to determine your best course of action. Contact us today to learn more.