Child Custody

Child Custody, SAPCR, and Suit affecting the Parent Child Relationship Client Focused Handling of Child Custody Cases

Nothing is more stressful than entering into child custody litigation or divorce litigation and it is important to the attorneys at Jeredith Jones, Attorney at Law will focus on your case and addressing your concerns with child custody. Jeredith Jones, Attorney at Law will focus on the continued best interest and welfare of your children. The Texas Family Code requires the Court make decisions that are in the best interest of the children and the Montgomery County Judges expect that each parent or caretaker for a child will make decisions that are in the best interest of the child as well.

Jeredith Jones, Attorney at Law is a Montgomery County family law and custody law firm who focuses on children’s cases that include

  • Child Support
  • Child Conservatorship or Custody
  • Child Possession or visitation
  • Establishment of paternity
  • Medical and dental support
Montgomery County Child Custody Attorney

When two people have a child together but are not married, by filing a petition for paternity, one parent can ask the court to put an order into place that defines the legal roles of each parent. The Court will define when each parent will be able to spend time with the children, who should receive and who should pay for child support, the amount of child support, and other situations that occur in a two-household family. In addition, the parents can agree or a court can order that a child’s last name should be changed to match the father’s last on the birth certificate.

There are only a few differences between a Child Custody case when parents have never been married and when parents have been married. The most significant difference is the determination in a child custody case where parents are not married that the alleged father becomes named the adjudicated father. An adjudicated father is recognized by the court as having certain legal rights in a court of law. There are other was to be legally named the father of the child including having a child during a marriage, signing an acknowledgment of paternity, and signing up for the parental registry.

Montgomery County Divorce Lawyer focused on Child Custody

In a divorce, the same issues are also addressed by the two parents or by the Judge. In the context of a divorce case, the two spouses will hopefully be able to make decisions through the mediation process before the need for a hearing or a trial becomes unavoidable. It is a common belief that the mother of the children is favored by the courts in child custody litigation. As society becomes more accepting of different gender roles, the assumption that the mother is favored is incorrect and the courts regularly look at a multitude of factors that put each parent on equal footing. Contact Montgomery County Divorce Attorney Jeredith Jones to discuss the particular facts of your case and set up a consultation.

Montgomery County Divorce Lawyer focused on Conservatorship

In Texas, Child Custody includes the parent’s rights to make decisions for their children including the children’s physical health, religious upbringing, where the children will attend school, what activities they will participate in, and many other aspects of a child’s daily life. A Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship or Custody case will designate which parent gets to make the decisions for the children. In most cases, the parents will be able to make decisions together. Joint decision making is called Joint Managing Conservatorship. Joint Managing Conservatorship is the default order in the state of Texas and most parents can agree on the bigger issues that affect the children. A Custody order can also include requirements that the parties share information regarding the health care providers for the children, educators, therapists, or activity schedules. In this technological age, there is even an App that allows parents to talk about these issues through a website that a judge can look at if it is believed that one party is withholding information or otherwise will not appropriately communicate.

Sole Managing Conservatorship

In an instance where one parent cannot make appropriate decisions for the children, it may be necessary or likely that the court would grant the other parent Sole Managing Conservator so that there is no interference with appropriate care of the children. These types of cases can be high conflict. If a party is granted Sole Managing Conservator, that party will be allowed to make decisions without the input of the other party and without the necessity of agreement with the other party. A party who is granted all of the decision-making abilities is called the Sole Managing Conservator and the party who is excluded from making decisions is called the Possessory Conservator. Montgomery County Divorce Lawyer and Montgomery County child custody lawyer Jeredith Jones has experience working with clients to obtain sole managing conservatorship of their children.

Obtaining Sole Managing Conservatorship is an extreme measure and if you believe that it is necessary in your case, please call us.

Montgomery County Child Support Lawyer

Issues of child support, paying for the children’s medical insurance, and other more unique situations often come up between two people who share a child. In most instances, measures can be put into place to assure that each person bound by the child custody order will know what needs to be done for the child and to effect positive communication and address concerns between the two parents for the benefit of the child.

The Child Custody attorneys at Jeredith Jones, Attorney at Law have significant experience assisting parents with these issues. We expertly and diligently serve clients in Montgomery County, Conroe, Magnolia, Willis, Splendora, Montgomery, Liberty County, Harris County, and Walker County.

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