Protecting Your Rights In Child Custody Hearings
At The Farias Law Firm, we believe that child custody cases should always focus on the best interests of the child but not to the exclusion of the parent’s wishes. The best way to make sure that your wishes are taken into consideration is to work with a law firm experienced in negotiating parenting plans. With The Farias Law Firm as your guide, we can help you arrive at a child custody agreement that is right for your child and for you.
Negotiating A Child Custody Agreement
Coming to an agreement on custody and visitation rights can be fraught with emotion. One of the biggest challenges is to remain calm and take your ego out of the equation. Emotional outbursts stifle progress when you’re negotiating a custody agreement and kill your chances of getting the terms you’re looking for in the courtroom. Family court judges have no tolerance for drama.
The best custody agreements come through informal negotiations or mediation between the parents. We do everything in our power to help you negotiate an agreement before you see a judge, but we will also be prepared to represent you in court if it comes to that.
Representing Unmarried Co-parents
Child custody cases where the parents are unmarried always begin with resolving paternity. If both parents have signed an acknowledgment of paternity (AOP) form and there is no dispute, custody hearings move forward the same as if the couple was married. If there is a dispute over who the father is, the paternity case goes to family court where a genetic test may be ordered.
When paternity is established between unmarried co-parents, custody hearings are carried out in the same way as hearings between divorcing couples. The Texas courts work on the assumption that it is always in the best interests of the child to have a relationship with both parents regardless of whether they were ever married.
Contact The Child Custody Attorneys At The Farias Law Firm
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