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Dallas Child Custody Attorney

Park Cities custody attorney

Lawyer Protecting Parental Rights in University Park, Highland Park, and North Texas

Child custody, known under Texas law as conservatorship, is often the most contentious issue in couples going through a divorce. The general rule is that child custody orders will be made to fit the best interests of the child. This means parents interested in maintaining custody must prove that granting such would be the most beneficial to the child. The Dallas child custody lawyers at Clark Law Group have years of experience helping parents fight for their parental rights. Our team also helps with child support. If you have any questions, contact our firm.

Legal Custody vs. Physical Custody

In Texas, child custody is defined two ways: legal custody and physical custody. When a parent is granted legal custody, he or she is granted the right to make decisions regarding the child's health care, education, religion, and any other major decisions that could affect the child's well-being now or later in life.

The parent with physical custody has the right to make decisions regarding the child's everyday needs, such as what they eat, what they wear, and what time they go to bed. When one parent is awarded sole custody of a child, that means that he or she has both legal and physical custody and that the child has one primary residence. The other parent gets only visitation rights.

Complications with Child Custody in Texas

Because families can include more members than just the children and parents, custody issues can arise in a number of different places. Extended family members, for example, may feel they deserve custody because they feel the birth parents are negligent. It is important to have a Dallas child custody attorney on your side that can help you protect your interests in these matters.

Other parties could petition for custody due to:

  • Modification of court orders such as child support orders, visitation orders, and custody orders
  • Termination of parental rights in cases involving sexual or physical abuse, drugs, criminal charges, lack of visitation, or failure to pay court-ordered child support.
  • Paternity testing proving different parental rights or support obligations
  • Step-parent adoptions

Relocation and Child Custody in Texas

When a parent wishes to move out of state, having a Dallas child custody lawyer who is familiar with Texas law is important. They can help navigate the complex laws involved in such a move.

They will need to take certain statutes into consideration such as:

  • Uniform Parentage Act (UPA)
  • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
  • Parental Kidnapping and Prevention Act (PKPA)
  • Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)
  • Hague Convention on International Child Abduction

Whether you want to relocate with your child or want to stop your child's other parent from moving, Clark Law Group can help.

Why Choose Clark Law Group?

With awards from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and Avvo, the team at Clark Law Group has the experience clients need to obtain the outcome that best meets their needs. Do not try to fight for your parental rights alone. Call our firm today and get started on protecting your family.

Get help with your child custody case in Dallas by dialing 469-906-2266 or by contacting us online. We serve clients throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

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