Nothing is more important than or as difficult in a divorce as providing for the needs of the children. Where possible, it is best to have an amicable agreement between the parents. If that can be accomplished, the judge will almost always approve of it. If not, you will need an Austin family law attorney to make sure your rights are protected.
Based on the best interests of the child standard, the judge can order either a joint managing conservatorship with the parents sharing joint custody or a sole conservatorship in one parent with the other being a possessory conservator. In either case, a visitation schedule will be worked out based upon a standard schedule contained in the Texas Family Code and modified as necessary based on the particular circumstances. No matter what plan the court determines to be fair, an Austin family law attorney emphasizes that Texas law does specify certain rights a parent has at all times.
According to an Austin family law attorney, a parent has the following rights:
Along with parental rights, each parent has obligations to the child and the other parent. Each parent must provide a safe, non-violent environment for the child. Additionally, each parent has the duty to inform the other parent of any significant issues that affect the health, welfare and safety of the child, and it is important that each parent do nothing to prevent the child from regular contact with the other parent.
Do not make any decision regarding child custody without a full understanding of your rights as a parent. Call a Austin Family Law Attorney from Nunis & Associates at (512) 236-9696.