Stephenville Child Custody Lawyer
Protecting Your Parental Rights
While going through a divorce is never an easy process, what makes it a hundred times more challenging is when children are involved. Here at the Law Offices of Brady L. Pendleton, we acutely understand just how exhausting and traumatic these cases often are for both children and their parents. Emotions are already running high before both parties have to then decide how to best provide for their children’s interests. Sometimes your previous partner might stand in the way of your child’s needs, which is when you need our knowledgeable child custody lawyer in Stephenville to step in.
We can navigate intense situations to make sure your child’s well-being is the primary priority at all times, handling the case sensitively but powerfully to come to your family’s defense. For any of your custody concerns, trust our firm to provide reliable counsel.
How Do I Decide Whether to Obtain Sole or Joint Custody?
Particularly if you and your former partner are not on the best of terms in the process of your divorce, it can be difficult to determine whether sole or joint custody is the better option. This is where it becomes essential to weigh the benefits and disadvantages of either case with your experienced child custody attorney.
According to family laws in Texas, the general assumption is that both parties involved become known as “joint managing conservators.” This would mean both parents equally take responsibility not only in caring for a child’s physical, mental, and emotional needs, but both would decide together on key decisions regarding a child’s moral, social, and cultural upbringing.
In certain circumstances, however, there may be issues that come to light which prove that it would be inappropriate for one of the parties to be a conservator – for example, if there is any background of domestic violence, alcohol abuse, or drug usage which negatively affect the child. These scenarios would mean that one of the parents would take the role of the sole managing conservator in caring for the child’s primary needs.
Roles of Both Parents After Custody
Even if one parent becomes the sole managing conservator and another parent is titled the possessory conservator, this does not mean that the latter can shirk caring for the child’s needs.
Both parents have the responsibility to protect and safeguard the best interests of their child, and this means they should contribute financially as well as with time spent with the child.
Just a few of the child’s needs which both parents should be contributing toward include:
- Safe, reliable housing and shelter
- Nutritious food and clean water
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Moral, social, and cultural development
- Anything else that would promote a child’s well-being and general happiness
Dedicated, Powerful Advocacy
For any further specifics of your case and detailed allocation of duties and rights, do not hesitate to make an appointment with your experienced and empathetic child custody attorney in Stephenville. We serve clients throughout Erath, Parker, Tarrant, Hood, Comanche, Hamilton, Bosque, Palo Pinto, Johnson, Somervell, Eastland, Brown Counties, and Tarleton State University.
“He really cares about his clients and takes time to listen to any questions or concerns you might have and answer them honestly.”- Carolyn
“he is very passionate about his work and others, very professional but also down to earth and treats you like a human being.”- Marlinna
“By the way, he talked and listened to me. It felt honestly like I was talking to a friend.”- Lucky