Parental Rights, Duties and Conservatorships

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During a divorce action one of the pivotal questions that is a major concern to parents, judges and family law attorneys is how to minimize the impact on the children involved. However, there is a balance between protecting parental rights and determining what is best for the children. In Texas, the court will look at both factors when approving any type of agreement or divorce decree that stipulates the duties of a parent and the care of the children will be allocated amongst all interested parties.

A Houston Divorce Lawyer Helping Clients Understand Parental Rights, Duties and Conservatorships

At The Alsandor Law Firm, we believe at looking at every factor and approach when helping parents assert or protect their parental rights. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Houston office to discuss your situation with our Family Law Attorney and see how we can be of assistance to you.

Our Experience Can Help You Find Creative Solutions

Our compassionate attorney, Cheryl Alsandor is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist as well as a former elementary school teacher. She understands the unique needs of children facing difficult family legal disputes. She is also conscious of how to help parents protect their parental rights in conjunction with meeting the best interests of the children throughout the process.

Factors Determining Parental Rights, Duties and Abilities

We will help you evaluate which abilities, parental rights and duties should be allocated to each parent and how to present this information to the court. This may include arguments that sometimes one or both parents should not be given child custody or decision making ability, normally granted under the family law code, because of any of the following factors:

  • Drug abuse
  • Psychological problems
  • Relationship between parent and child
  • Past instances of child abuse
  • Evidence of child neglect
  • Abandonment

Parenting ability can drastically change depending on these circumstances as well as many other situations. As a divorce lawyer we can help you negotiate or argue to the court why one parent may be more suited to have what Texas calls conservatorship, or rights and duties, for all educational or health decisions based on your relationship or experience with the child. We also have experience helping non-parents petition the court for parental rights, including stepparents, aunts, uncles and grandparents.

Additionally, often there are disputes concerning where the child's primary residence should be and this is often closely linked with who has the majority of the parental duties and has been assigned conservatorship. We will help you provide the court with solid support for your plan proving who can provide a more stable environment for the children, including the ability to properly discipline, provide enough space for the children to thrive, financial stability, which includes structured activities.

We will also evaluate the parental history, quality and duration of the relationship to the children and your future goals for fostering a healthy, nurturing relationship between you and your child. If any of these factors change after the agreement has been approved, we are always available to our clients to help determine if a modification is necessary and we immediately take action when needed.

Contact The Alsandor Law Firm for a consultation with a family law attorney and divorce lawyer serving clients throughout the Greater Houston, Texas area.