Every parent wants to protect his or her relationship with his or her child. People can become very emotional when that relationship is threatened. This means that child custody determinations, whether as part of a divorce or as standalone legal proceedings, have the potential for serious conflict.
Having the right lawyer there to help you assert your rights as a parent can help you secure a child custody agreement that satisfies you. It can also help protect your child from the stress of an unnecessarily contentious child custody determination.
What Will The Court Consider When Deciding Child Custody?
The court will always look to serve the best interests of the child. The key is to create a case that persuasively shows the court how the child's best interests are served by your proposed terms. My extensive experience allows me to understand how the court may interpret different evidence so that we can create the strongest case.
Determining child custody actually involves resolving two different issues:
- Legal custody
- This is the right to make major decisions regarding your child's upbringing, including choices on religion, education and health care. Parents often share legal custody.
- Physical custody
- This refers to where the child resides. The parent who the child lives with is considered the custodial parent. The noncustodial parent is said to have visitation or parenting time with his or her child.
In addition to being able to help people with child custody as part of divorce, I can assist those who need to seek a modification of their child custody agreements.
Board Certified Family Law Attorney
I am attorney Bruce C. Zivley. For more than 30 years, I have been serving the family law needs of my clients in the Houston area. Over the course of those decades of helping people, I have built a strong reputation for providing effective representation. I am board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I use all of the skill and experience I have acquired to help people secure the child custody agreements that they need.
Child Custody Attorney Serving Houston And The Surrounding Areas
When the question of child custody needs to be resolved, turn to Bruce C. Zivley, Attorney at Law, for representation you can trust. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 281-506-0047 or toll free at 888-837-2157, or contact my office online.
"Bruce handled my divorce. He was efficient and effective, always responsive and accessible. He provided great advice and kept the discussion fact-based and objective when I was occasionally tempted to focus on emotional aspects of the situation.*"Holly B.