Irving Child Custody Attorney
Divorce Attorney in Irving, TX
Are you currently involved in a divorce involving a child or children? Matters of child custody can turn into disputes very quickly. Therefore, consulting with an attorney with the experience necessary to create a workable plan to maintain your rights as a parent is essential.
J. Roland Jeter, P.C. has more than 40 years of experience representing parents throughout Texas, including Grand Prairie, Euless, Colleyville, Cedar Hill, Mansfield, Las Colinas, Valley Ranch, Grapevine, Hurst, Bedford, and Arlington. If you hire the firm to represent your case, you can rest assured that Roland Jeter will be committed to you and your children.
What is Child Custody?
During a divorce, the court's primary focus is that your child or children will be adequately provided for. Therefore, they take several factors into account when making a decision on which parent will have custody. This may include which spouse makes a more significant income, which house is closer to the child's school, and the child's wishes if they are old enough to have input.
The main types of child custody include:
- Full physical custody
- Shared physical custody
- Full legal custody
- Shared legal custody
What Makes a Parent Unfit for Custody in Texas?
In Texas, a parent can be considered unfit for custody if they have a history of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. This could include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect of the child's physical or emotional needs. A parent can also be considered unfit if they have a history of substance abuse, mental illness, or a criminal record.
The Texas Family Code states that a parent is unfit if they have a "danger to the physical, emotional, or mental health of the child." This means that the court will consider all the factors involved in the case, including the parent's history, the child's needs, and the child's best interests.
If a parent is found unfit for custody, the court will decide who will have custody of the child. The court will consider all the factors involved and decide that is in the child's best interests.
Here are some factors that a court may consider when determining whether a parent is unfit for custody:
- The parent's history of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
- The parent's history of substance abuse, mental illness, or a criminal record.
- The parent's ability to provide for the child's physical and emotional needs.
- The child's relationship with the parent.
- The best interests of the child.
If you are concerned that a parent may be unfit for custody, you should contact a child custody attorney who can help you understand your rights and options.
Contact an Irving Child Custody Lawyer
It is important to remember that during court proceedings, the judge may not have important information about your family and your children. Yet, they are still responsible for making the decision. This is why it is advisable to try to handle custody issues outside of the courtroom with the help of an Irving family law attorney. In addition to the initial custody determination, Mr. Jeter can assist you with custody modifications. If you are currently involved in a custody dispute, it's time to hire an attorney who can help.