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Conroe Child Custody Lawyer

Serving Parents throughout the Woodlands, Montgomery County & Surrounding Areas

For most parents, the effects of divorce on their children are likely their primary concern. Most parents wish to spare their children the emotional turmoil and instability that divorce can bring to children who often have little understanding of the process. While Texas courts generally favor joint custody arrangements as being better for the welfare and development of children, parents can find themselves in heated disputes as to how that arrangement should be made. These disputes can take a toll on everyone involved and should be avoided, if possible, or resolved through less adversarial methods, such as mediation or collaborative law.

At Erica Jackson Law, our attorney understands the stress and difficulty of child custody determination. Our firm provides alternative methods for resolving these conflicts. Attorney Jackson is a Certified Mediator who also engages in collaborative law, a process that involves negotiation through cooperation, compromise, problem-solving, and a commitment to avoiding litigation. However, if these methods are not feasible, she will thoroughly prepare your case and vigorously fight for your parental rights in court. 

Talk directly with our Conroe child custody attorney about your case by contacting Erica Jackson Law via email or by phone at (936) 226-0171

Child Custody Determination in Texas

It is important to understand that Texas court policy on this issue is based on the best interests of the child. However, Texas policy also includes continuing and frequent time spent with both parents if they have demonstrated that they can act in their child’s best interests. Courts also believe that parents should share in the rights and responsibilities of raising their children. This translates into joint custody arrangements, or, in Texas terms, “joint managing conservatorship.” 

Conservatorship in Texas

Conservatorship of a child can be arranged in various ways in Texas. These include:

  • Managing conservatorship. This is the label for “legal” custody or the right to make major decisions about the child’s life and wellbeing, such as those involving health care, education, religion, and more. 
  • Possessory conservatorship. This refers to where and with whom the child will live and parental access (often known as visitation) to the child. 

Parents can make their own arrangements regarding the physical custody of a child in a parenting plan that lays out a time-sharing schedule that fits their needs and circumstances. As long as the plan aligns with the Texas court policy, it is likely to be approved by the court. These schedules may not be based on equal or near-equal parental time with a child but can be impacted by the unique circumstances and needs of the parents and the child. 

Where parents cannot decide, Texas law provides a “standard possession order.” This order details time-sharing arrangements that generally take into consideration the proximity of the households and other factors and generally apply to children above the age of three. 

Only in cases where a child’s safety is at risk will a parent be denied access to a child or granted only supervised access. These cases are generally based on a history of domestic violence, child neglect, substance abuse, or criminal activity. In these cases, the other parent is generally granted sole managing and possessory conservatorship. 

Work with an Experienced Child Custody Attorney in Conroe, TX

Whether you are facing child custody as part of pending divorce or in a post-divorce situation, such as a relocation matter or the need for a modification or enforcement of a current custody order, Erica Jackson Law can help. Our firm is prepared to help you resolve the matter through alternative dispute resolution methods or through courtroom intervention where needed. We will vigorously fight for your parental rights in a resolution that also complies with the policy of the child’s best interests. 

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"Erica Jackson helped me and gave me excellent legal counsel through my divorce. She's very caring and is willing to go the extra mile for her clients. Definitely recommend her services."

- Michael T.