Going into a divorce, most parents will agree that the needs of the child come first. Unfortunately, that is often where agreements end. Both parents may have dramatically different ideas of what is in the child’s best interest. That is why you need an experienced attorney on your side to advocate for you and protect your relationship with your child.
At the Law Office of Rebecca Anne Gonzalez in San Antonio, I have extensive experience in all areas of family law. At the outset of your case, I will take the time to get to know you and understand your relationship with your child. Then I will take every step to protect that relationship and help you do what is best for your child.
What Is Really In The Child’s Best Interest?
In Texas courts, judges will base their decisions on what is in the best interest of the child, not the desires of either parent. This is based on several factors, such as the age and health of the child and the financial situation of both parents. In most situations, the ideal outcome is one that preserves the child’s current relationship with each parent. In most cases, that means the child will continue to spend time with both parents.
I will educate you about the various forms of child custody and visitation arrangements such as a standard possession order, an expanded standard possession order and 50/50 visitation. Parenting plans come in all shapes and sizes. You may have heard terms like joint custody and primary custody. I will help you understand them. I will help you determine the arrangements that make the most sense in your case, and I will strive to obtain them.
Child Custody For Unmarried Parents — Suit Affecting The Parent-Child Relationship
Unwed parents faced with child custody issues will have to address many unique issues. For instance, there may be a need for a paternity test and related documentation to legally establish the father of the child. In Texas, parents can address these and other issues by filing what is known as a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR). By establishing paternity, mothers can establish child support and even recover retroactive child support for up to four years. As your lawyer, I can assist with all aspects of your Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship.
Learn More About Child Custody In An Initial Consultation
I am available to answer your questions about child custody and visitation in an initial consultation. Contact me today at 210-888-9836 or toll free at 800-823-6321 or, if you prefer, by email. Evening and weekend appointments are available, upon request.