Beaumont Child Custody Lawyer
Child custody disputes can relate to parents who are unmarried, going through a divorce, undergoing paternity actions, or if one party is seeking a modification to an existing order. Whether you are seeking custody of a child or want to defend your own custody rights, it is critical that you consult with an experienced child custody attorney in Beaumont who will fight to protect your rights. The Law Firm of Galmor, Stovall & Gilthorpe, PLLC, has extensive experience in handling child custody cases and can effectively assert your rights in court.
Types of Child Custody In Beaumont
Child custody is referred to in Texas as conservatorship and refers to the ability to make decisions about a child’s health and well-being, including legal, educational, and medical decisions. The three types of child custody are defined below:
The Parent/Child Relationship
Establishing the parent/child relationship in Texas is in everyone’s best interest – mother, father and child. If you have a child outside of the marriage relationship, then no one is “presumed” to be the father of the child. The only way to establish this relationship is through a court proceeding. This protects everyone involved and establishes time for possession and access, child support and all other terms related to the parent/child relationship. Neither party should be angry about participating in this type of lawsuit – it is in everyone’s best interests.
Parental Rights & Child Custody
The State of Texas affords parents certain rights and duties which include:
The Child’s Best Interests
The court will make the final determination of the child’s custody arrangement based on input from the lawyers involved and outside professionals called upon by the court. Ultimately, the decision will be based on the best interests of the children. As your legal representative, we will collect all necessary evidence to present your needs and the best interests of your children to the court.
Parenting Time or Visitation
In addition to child custody arrangements, we are also experienced in helping clients assert their rights to parenting time or visitation. Visitation refers to the time a non-custodial parent spends with the child. For more information or to learn more about parenting time and visitation, please contact us to schedule a consultation with our attorney.
Child Custody Enforcement
To win a possession enforcement, there must be at least one period of possession which was denied to the individual with the right to possession. If you are the person who is supposed to get your child, you must physically show up at the home or location where the child is supposed to be at the designated time and the other party must refuse to give you the child or simply not be there. It is always a good idea to bring a witness or even video tape these events as they can be very difficult to prove. The punishment for denying possession is the same as for non-payment of child support – up to six months in jail. Both fathers and mothers have been jailed for denial of possession.