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Introduction to Child Custody Proceedings in Texas

Many parents have misconceptions about their rights and what the law requires of parents. This short article is essential reading for every parent who will participate in, or already has pending, a child custody case in a Texas family court.

The outcome of every custody decision could impact your children's welfare and future happiness, and there are many legal concepts and proceedings to learn about.

Parents Rights

A good starting point is a discussion regarding parental rights. Many of the parents I meet with have a mistaken belief that one of the parents has special requests when there is no court order.

Recently, I had to explain to a mother who wanted to change her child's name that we would need to involve the father. The mother did not like hearing this and tried to tell me that it was unnecessary because "his name is not on the birth certificate."

I had to let the mother know we would still need to get the father involved even though his name was not on the birth certificate because he still had rights.

Both Parents Have Rights and Obligations

Section 151.001 of the Texas Family Code holds that the parents must support their children by providing them with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and an education.

How Long Will I Have to Pay Child Support?

Under most circumstances, a parent's obligation to support their child in Texas ends when the child turns eighteen or has graduated from high school, whichever comes later.

The family code also provides that if child support continues beyond age 18, the child must be going to high school full-time.

Adult Disabled Child

If you have a child that is disabled, it is possible to support may be ordered well beyond age 18.

Best Interest of the Child

As a parent, deciding what is in the best interests of your children will be among the most important decisions you will ever make. Some of those decisions will come quickly, but many others will be challenging for both parties. Of course, there is a vital emotional component in every child custody case, whether decisions are made for one child or several children. When custody is contested, the stresses, delays, and costs of court proceedings can increase exponentially.

One of the best ways to prepare for your case is to learn everything you can about Texas child custody laws and proceedings. With this goal in mind, this article and those that follow will help to demystify the custody process and help you build a solid foundation for legal decision-making.

Before getting started, note that the term "child custody" is not used in Texas law. In its place is conservatorship. It is not uncommon to hear even attorneys use the term child custody because of its everyday use and recognition in society.

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Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC | Houston, Texas Child Custody Lawyers

The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, routinely handles matters that affect children and families. If you have questions regarding child custody, it's essential to speak with one of our Spring, TX Child CustodyLawyers right away to protect your rights.

Our child custody lawyers in spring, TX, are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing a strategy to meet those goals. Contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC by calling (281) 810-9760 or submit your contact information in our online form. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, handles Divorce cases in Spring, Texas, Cypress, Klein, Humble, Kingwood, Tomball, The Woodlands, the FM 1960 area, and surrounding areas, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, and Waller County.

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