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Texas Child Visitation Modification

Spending time with your children is one of the most important things you can do every day. Children look forward to their visitation with their non-custodial parent, and parents rely on having that time with their children. Parents should be very thoughtful when seeking visitation modification, so as not to do more damage to the child involved. More importantly, parents should not seek to change a visitation schedule to punish the other parent or the child.

Sometimes modification is necessary, however. In those cases, our Texas family lawyers can help you create a visitation schedule that works best for your family.

Houston Visitation Modification Attorneys

Our Houston Family Law attorneys are dedicated to resolving your family’s modification requests in the most congenial and positive way possible. If you’re a resident of Houston or the surrounding area of Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Waller, Washington, and Grimes counties and have questions concerning child visitation modification in Texas, contact one of our attorneys to set up a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.

Grounds for Modification

Courts will modify a visitation arrangement if the modification is in the best interest of the child AND circumstances have materially and substantially changed.

Examples of material and substantial change might include:

  1. A change in a non-custodial parent’s employment schedule, which makes the previous schedule unworkable
  2. A non-custodial parent’s drug or alcohol abuse, which presents a danger to the child and warrants supervised visitation
  3. Conviction or deferred adjudication for child abuse or family violence

You should discuss all of the circumstances in your case, including any changes in location or lifestyle, to your attorney, who can help you determine whether those changes are material and significant.

Military Families

Military families often face unique concerns about what happens if a parent deploys. Texas law addresses these situations.

Should a custodial parent face deployment, they can request a court for a temporary custody order. They can assign custody to the other parent, a person they choose, or one the court selects. This order expires once the custodial parent returns. If a non-custodial parent receives custody temporarily, the custodial parent can appoint someone else (like a spouse) for child visitation during their deployment.

In cases where a non-custodial parent deploys, they can nominate someone for child visitation during their absence, pending court approval. Upon return, the non-custodial parent resumes their visitation rights.

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