Child Custody and Child Support in Texas

Protecting the Rights of Fathers, Mothers, Grandparents and Children

Arriving at a decision about 0child custody and visitation can be one of the most difficult things to do during a divorce or the breakup of a relationship. Many parents fear that their relationship with their child will become less close. But if there is one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that families and children are resilient. While this may not be what you originally intended for your family, you and your child will get through this together. And you may find that you and your former partner find new and better ways to work together.

Different families have different needs when it comes to child custody cases. At Johnson, Loyd & Schmitzwe have all your bases covered.Some parents are involved high-conflict relationships and absolutely need a child custody lawyer who is aggressive at trial. We have child custody lawyerswho are skilled at taking cases to trial.We’ll be by your side with facts AND case law. We rehearse with our clients before any court appearance so they feel confident sharing their story.

Most cases won’t end up in court, though. Most parents will work together to arrive at a custody agreement that gives both parents the time and resources they need to ensure the well-being of their child. They may want to work with a mediator to iron out the details. We have those attorneys, too.

Complicated Child Custody Cases Are No Complication for Us

We don’t shy away from the complicated cases, including child custody cases when:

  • One of the parents will be living abroad
  • A parent is a member of the military and may be deployed overseas
  • A parent is involved in a career that keeps him/her away from home
  • The parents are a same-sex couple or one of the parents is gay/lesbian and a former partner is bringing suit against them as an unfit parent because of sexual orientation (we’ve handled these cases before)

Grandparent Rights

Grandparents do have rights under Texas family law, but it is not easy to assert those rights. You WILL need a lawyer to help you. Grandparents can file for custody of a grandchild if they can make a case that it is in the child’s best interest (such as cases of child abuse or when a parent is incompetent or in jail).
Grandparents can seek visitation with a child if the child’s parents are divorced, but the grandparent does not have an absolute right to visitation if the parents do not agree. If you would like help getting custody or visitation of a grandchild, call and talk to a child custody lawyer at Johnson, Loyd & Schmitz: 817-576-6537. Schedule a consultation at the office nearest you in McKinney, Houston or Dallas-Ft Worth.