Child Custody (“Conservatorship”) In Texas
In the state of Texas, child custody is legally referred to as “conservatorship.” Conservatorship refers to the legal rights and responsibilities of parents.
Either way you refer to it, Texas family courts look at one thing above all else when making a custody decision – what is in the best interest of the child.
Our team of experienced family attorneys take conservator (custody) cases very seriously. As such, we will protect your rights with integrity, compassion, and by working within facts to ensure a desirable outcome for you and your child(ren).
Types Of Child Conservatorship
In Texas, it’s very similar to child custody. Instead of joint/sole custody, it’s referred to as joint managing conservatorship and sole managing conservatorship. It’s important to remember that these do not necessarily dictate visitation and access to a child, but rather determines the right to make parental decisions.
Joint Managing Conservatorship (JMC)
Very common in Texas, a JMC is where both parents share rights and duties of decision-making involving the children.
Sole Managing Conservatorship (SMC)
A SMC means only one parent will have the legal rights and duties to make decisions involving their children.
Between conservatorship, and visitation, divorce cases in Texas can be complicated when they involve children. In every case, the primary goal of our attorneys is to identify and address your concerns, minimize the negative impact on your children, and fight to ensure the best outcome.
Modification Of Existing Custody Or Visitation Orders
Sometimes, custody/visitation orders need modification due to substantial changes in circumstances. An experienced lawyer can prove that the modification is necessary, and then assist in negotiating and setting modifications.
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Enforcement Of Child Custody Orders
If the child’s other guardian violates custody orders, contact your family lawyer immediately. “Taking matters into your own hands” can lead to a legal violation.
Visitation, Access, And Custody Possession
Custody does not always mean that the non-custodial parent’s relationship with the child(ren) is completely severed – even if that parent is living out of state. We work with parents to define visitation orders and ensure the cooperation of all parties.
Paternity And Father’s Rights
Once paternity is established, the father has certain responsibilities and rights regarding his child. The lawyers at Hardy Law Group, PLLC, will help establish each parent’s relationship to and level of involvement with the child in order to make the healthiest custody, visitation, and support arrangement.
Grandparent’s Custody Rights
In some cases, judges may determine that the children’s needs would best be served by giving the grandparents custody. The Hardy Law Group, PLLC, can help you determine what options you have regarding custody and visitation as a parent or grandparent in such cases.
Consulting A Tarrant County Custody Attorney
We know that child custody is a sensitive issue. Be sure you have a dedicated and detail-oriented family lawyer on your side when it comes to keeping your children secure. Call us at (817) 857-4111 for more info on how the Hardy Law Group, PLLC, can help in your Dallas/Fort Worth custody case.