Houston Custody Lawyers Help Preserve Parent-Child Bonds
Comprehensive support for conflicts over residence and legal authority
Divorcing couples with minor children must focus on the needs of their sons and daughters. At Scardino & Scardino, our experienced Houston attorneys take every legal step necessary to help establish custody terms that benefit children and both parents. Usually, courts encourage mothers and fathers to work together to create a parenting plan prior to the conservatorship hearing. Our Houston attorneys can negotiate these terms and address issues such as visitation and holidays. We understand how important it is for parents to work together on child-rearing issues, so we strive to reach an agreement that satisfies everyone. However, if this cannot be achieved, we will vigorously pursue a court order that helps your child to grow up in a safe, supportive environment.
Knowledgeable Texas counselors advise on state custody laws
- Joint conservatorship — Legal authority over decisions that affect children is usually shared by both parents. However, if this arrangement poses some risk to the child, we can bring that to the court’s attention.
- Residential custody — Courts can look at several factors when deciding where a child should live, including the relative safety of each residence, maintaining the child’s routine, educational opportunities, and even the child’s preference if he or she is at least 12 years old.
- Modification — When circumstances change, our firm petitions on our client’s behalf to revise custody and visitation terms accordingly.
Like courts in other states, Texas courts make custody determinations based on what they believe is the child’s best interests. In a free initial consultation, our attorneys can help you understand how to make the strongest argument under this standard.
Skilled advocates for parents in disputes over distant relocation
Unless there is a history of domestic violence, Texas courts favor arrangements that enable a child to maintain frequent, meaningful contact with each parent. Because Texas is so big, even a move within the state can make this very difficult. Accordingly, many custody orders restrict parents from moving outside the county or general area. Exceptions are occasionally granted when a move is required to keep a job or handle important family responsibilities. Whether you are a parent who needs to move to a different region or one who seeks to ensure regular visits with your child, our firm will conduct a thorough review and present a compelling case to the court.
Contact an experienced Houston child custody lawyer for a free initial consultation
Scardino & Scardino represents Houston-area clients in child custody disputes and other family law cases. Please call 713-229-9292 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our office.