El Paso Child Custody & Visitation Lawyer
Representing Parents in Tough Custody Cases
Divorce is never easy, but it is particularly difficult when children are involved. Agreeing on the terms and conditions of custody and visitation can be a complex and emotionally charged issue. You will need to understand how the courts view this issue as you and your spouse work out an agreement.
At Linette Aguirre-Gonzalez, PLLC, we offer competent and compassionate legal guidance on this issue. We are here to protect your parental rights while helping you come to terms with what is in your child's best interest. Our El Paso custody and visitation attorney has helped many individuals and families in the community reach a positive resolution on this matter.
How Is Custody Determined in Texas?
In Texas, child custody is referred to as conservatorship. A parent who has custody of a child is not his or her “custodian,” rather his or her conservator. Conservatorship grants parental rights and responsibilities, such as the right to make decisions about the child’s education, religious upbringing, and healthcare.
If both parents can agree on a parenting plan in a joint conservatorship, that plan can be submitted to the court for approval. If the parents cannot agree, they must take their case before a family law judge. Texas courts determine custody arrangements based on the child’s best interests. With that in mind, the court will order either a joint conservatorship or a sole conservatorship.
Physical custody and visitation rights are separate issues that are decided by the court in a schedule known as a standard possession order. This schedule is based on court guidelines. If both parents can agree to a schedule, it can be submitted to the judge for approval. Otherwise, the judge will create a schedule believed to be appropriate for the child.
Modifying a Custody Order
If your existing custody order no longer fits your lifestyle or meets your needs, you can request a modification. To successfully modify an order, you will have to prove that a substantial life or financial change necessities the modification. Our El Paso child custody attorney can represent you in your efforts to modify an order or prevent a modification from passing.