Serving Clients in Dallas, Collin, & Denton County, Texas
When parents go through a divorce, it can be challenging for the children and each party involved in the process. Not only is the marriage dissolving, but it can forever change your relationship with your children based on how the child custody arrangement is decided. Working with an experienced Dallas child custody attorney can create a custody arrangement that benefits you and your children.
In Dallas, Texas, there are different forms of child custody:
- Sole custody: One parent makes all decisions about the children
- Split custody: There are two children, and each parent has sole custody of one child
- Joint custody: Pertains to legal custody to make decisions for the child, physical custody where the child lives, and a combination of legal and physical custody
How Do I File for Child Custody?
There are three basic steps for filing for child custody:
- Seek help from a Dallas family law attorney
- Fill out the necessary forms — there are different forms if you’re filing for child custody and not going through a divorce
- Collect evidence that’s relevant to your child custody case
The Dallas and Collin County child custody lawyer the Law Offices of Lisa G. Garza, P.C. can walk you through this child custody process and will fight to defend your legal rights.
Does Texas Favor a Mother in Custody?
No, Texas does not favor a mother in custody. In Texas, the court will award custody to the parent that it believes is in the child's best interests. When making this decision, the court will consider several factors, such as the child's wishes, the parent's parenting skills, and the stability of the parent's homes.
In the past, Texas courts were more likely to award custody to the mother. However, this is no longer the case. Today, Texas courts are more likely to award joint custody, or shared physical custody, to both parents. This means that the children will live with both parents for a significant amount each year.
There are many reasons why Texas courts are more likely to award joint custody today. First, research has shown that joint custody is generally in children's best interests. Children with joint custody tend to do better in school, have fewer behavioral problems, and have better relationships with both parents.
Second, fathers are more involved in their children's lives today than in the past. Fathers are more likely to be stay-at-home parents and more likely to be involved in their children's activities.
Third, there is a growing awareness that gender stereotypes should not be a factor in custody decisions. Instead, the Texas court should focus on what is in the child's best interests, regardless of the gender of the parent.
If you are going through a custody battle in Texas and are concerned about custody, you should speak with an experienced family law attorney. A Texas attorney can help you understand the law and represent you in court.
Call Our Family Law Firm in Dallas for Experienced Counsel
It’s our Dallas child custody lawyers at the Law Offices of Lisa G. Garza, P.C., to provide our clients with personalized legal representation. Ms. Garza is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is a certified lawyer in family law who can utilize her unique experience and education in your child custody cases. Our child custody lawyers proudly represent clients in Dallas, Denton, and Collin County, Texas.