Denton Child Custody Lawyers
Dependable Representation for Your Family Legal Dispute
We know going through a custody battle is a very emotional period in your life. You want to protect the time that you have with your child, but you may be unable to reach an agreement concerning custody or visitation. If your child custody case heads inside the courtroom, you need to know what to do to remain an active part of your child's life.
At James H. Horton Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys are focused on the best interests of your child. We negotiate to help you find a custody and visitation plan that is right for you, but, if this is not possible, we are ready to fight for you in court. Our Denton child custody attorneys are experienced litigators. We do not abandon you when your case gets difficult.
What is Conservatorship in Texas?
In the state of Texas, a child’s guardian is not called a “custodian,” as is the case in many other states, but is referred to as a “conservator.”
Types of Conservatorship
Either one parent (known as the sole managing conservator) will be allowed to have the primary custody of their child, or the two parents will be involved in joint custody, meaning one is a joint managing conservator.
In Texas, a parent who is a conservator can rightfully designate the child’s education, social activities, extracurricular events, etc. as the parent sees fit for the child’s best interest. This does not mean that the other parent is not involved in the child’s well-being, however. The state of Texas urges both parents to be very involved in making a safe, loving set of homes for the child, and to work together in this common goal.
How is Conservatorship Determined?
When the court is determining which type of conservatorship to be granted, there are several factors which are considered, including:
- The child’s preferences if they are over the age of 12
- The child’s physical needs, current and future
- The child’s emotional and mental needs, current and future
- Each of the parent’s background history
- Each parent’s ability to make time for the child
- The stability of each parent’s home and environment
- The types of programs (social, religious, academic, extracurricular) available to the child at each location
- Any examples of parental unfitness or potential risks or danger to the child
Personal Attention Throughout Your Case
We know that these are some of the most important legal issues that you may ever face and want to make sure that you can make informed decisions about your future. Our team will explain your options and work together with you to determine how you wish to move forward.
We help clients with a number of issues concerning child custody, including:
- Determining which parent will be the child’s primary conservator
- Establishing a visitation schedule that works for both parents
- Developing a system that allows the parents to communicate effectively post-divorce about issues related to childcare
In addition to helping you resolve your custody and visitation issues, we can also assist with matters concerning child support. The child support laws in Texas carefully detail the amount of support that must be paid. Whether you are seeking or contesting support or wish to revisit an existing support order, our legal team has the experience you need to help you obtain results.
He goes above and beyond to met his clients needs.- Gregory W.
Jim Horton is not only great lawyer but, a great person.- Christopher R.
I'll always be indebted to him for the fantastic job he did for me.- Mark M.
You will LOVE the final outcome.- Frank M.
Jim Horton is the attorney you want on your side.- Gigi L.
We Value Honesty & Show Genuine Care to Every Client
We Are Determined & Won't Back Down from a Challenging Case
Thousands of Trials Handled & Over 500 Tried to a Jury
Mr. Horton Is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board Of Legal Specialization