Custody And Visitation

What Do I Need To Know About Custody And Visitation After A Divorce?

Sometimes life gets in the way of families staying together. Separation and divorce happen. You do not have primary custody of your children, but you want to continue to be a part of their lives.

The custodial parent (or managing conservator) can legally decide where children live. You, as the noncustodial parent, have the legal right to spend time with your child and help make decisions about their care. If you face custody and visitation issues alone, you risk your right to be with your children. Call the Law Office of Margaret M. Priesmeyer-Masinter for compassionate help managing these difficult issues.

The Basics Of Noncustodial Parenting

Fathers are not the only noncustodial parents. In Texas, about 10 percent of noncustodial parents are mothers. There are things you must know to control negative custody issues, including:

  • Court summons. Don't ignore them. Important decisions can be made without your input.
  • Acknowledgement of Paternity. This a legal document unmarried couples can sign to establish paternity. If you are the father, your name on the birth certificate does not establish your relationship.
  • Do not sign any documents before a lawyer reviews them. There are legal consequences. You might be giving up your legal rights. Once a document is signed and filed, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to change it. If they can be altered, it can be expensive.
  • Change of Status. You must file a Change of Status document with your local child support office if your child moves in with you. You should also continue making child support payments until a court rules otherwise.
  • Child support. There are several issues to be considered.

Details Of Standard Visitations

Parents will be encouraged to work out a visitation agreement. If they cannot, a standard visitation schedule will be established by the court. If the child is under three, it will be based on their best interests. The Standard Visitation ruling can be affected if the noncustodial parent lives more than 100 miles from the children.

Standard Visitation Will Be Designed To:

  • Assure frequent, continuing contact with both parents
  • A safe, stable and nonviolent environment
  • Encourage parents to share visitation and duties

Supporting Texas Parents Rights From Our San Antonio Office

Call us at 210-536-0555 or email us for the compassionate help you need to navigate Texas' custody and visitation laws.