Whether the parents are married or not, a custody case must deal with the conservatorship (custody) of the children of the relationship through a parenting plan, unless there is a prior order regarding the children. Speaking with qualified Houston visitation lawyers could be an important first step in protecting your interests in forming a parenting plan.
If the parents are able to reach an agreement on the custody, visitation and child support, this parenting plan will be submitted to the court for approval. The court will evaluate the parenting plan based on the best interests of the child.
If an agreement is not reached by the parties regarding a parenting plan, then a trial will have to occur to establish a parenting plan. Ultimately, whether by agreement or a trial, a family court judge will have to review and approve any parenting plan.
If you are considering filing a child custody case in family court, you may want experienced legal help to protect your interests and to fight for the best interest of your children. For more information about how The Larson Law Office is ready to help, contact our Houston visitation lawyers at 713.221.9088 for a free, confidential case review.
Most of the time courts will approve the parenting plan submitted by the parties. However, the court is not bound by the agreed parenting plan that the parties submit to the court. The primary guiding principle for the court is to determine if the agreed parenting plan is in the best interest of the children.
The court’s final decision will always be made with the best interest of the child as the primary concern and having effective Houston visitation lawyers in your corner to present your case can be a valuable asset. The court wants to maintain the child’s safety, well-being and security as much as possible and to preserve the child’s relationship with each parent.
Ideally, the parenting plan will be one of joint legal custody and as much time as possible spent with both parents. However, if there are parenting issues involving drug abuse, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and neglect, these factors will often be considered by the court and can also lead to limitations on custody, access, visitation and even sole custody awarded to one parent or conservator.
If you are contemplating filing a child visitation case in family court, The Larson Law Office has experienced advocates who can help. Call our law firm today to speak with our Houston visitation lawyers for a free case evaluation at 713.221.9088.
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