Focused, Proven Advocates For You And Your Child

When a divorce involves a child, that child's needs must be a top priority. This is the rule that the courts follow – "best interest of the child." Unfortunately, the courts have limited time to get to know each situation and each family.

At the law firm of Palmer & Manuel PLLC, we prepare and present divorce cases to explain to the courts what outcomes are in the best interests of the child and why. Because we have decades of experience handling custody and visitation cases throughout North Texas, you can be confident in our lawyers' ability to serve as effective advocates for you and your child.

Various Types Of Child Custody In Texas

Under Texas law, family courts may award custody in the following manners:

  • Joint managing conservatorship: Where both parents have the authority (either jointly with agreement or solely after notice and consultation with the other parent) to make important decisions regarding the child's upbringing (i.e. medical, residence, religion, education), and parents may be required to cooperate in making joint decisions or there may be a "tie-breaker." This is the arrangement presumed to be in the child's best interests under Texas law.
  • Sole managing conservatorship: Where one parent has sole decision-making authority over the child's upbringing. This arrangement may be appropriate when one parent may pose an emotional or physical danger to the child or has been convicted of family violence.
  • Possessory-conservatorship: When appointing a managing conservator, the court typically also names the other parent the "possessory-conservator" and enters a possession order that details the times the child will spend with each parent or with other conservators identified by the court.

Our knowledgeable family law attorneys are committed to helping you structure a parenting plan that makes the most sense for you and your child — and our practice is balanced in the protection of both mothers' and fathers' rights. We will take the actions necessary to see that plan put into place. In addition to divorce negotiations and litigation, we assist clients with issues involving:

  • Paternity claims often necessary to lawfully establish parentage, child support orders and custody and parenting time orders for unmarried parents
  • Denial of paternity, either before or after the entering of a court order establishing paternity
  • Grandparents' visitation rights

Custody And Visitation Solutions For Your Family's Needs

Call us at 214-242-6444 or contact us online. Our family law attorneys offer convenient office hours, flexible appointment times and reasonable fees. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are accepted.