Understanding child custody in Texas

If you are a parent who is considering divorce or is involved in the divorce process, it is very likely that child custody determinations are important to you. You can trust that your future and your children's futures will be in good hands at the Jeff Gilbert Law Office. Contact us today to learn your rights in child custody disputes.

Attorneys protecting the rights of Texas children

Attorneys Jeff Gilbert and Rachel Aguilar provide attentive and experienced legal help as they guide you through child custody issues. Whether you and the other parent agree on custody arrangements or are involved in a custody battle, our law firm can give your case the attention and care you — and your children — deserve.

The courts make decisions based on a standard called "the best interests of the children." The court or the parents must make decisions for the various types of custody, which include both legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to religion, education, health care, and other factors included in making decisions about how the children are raised. Physical custody refers to where the children will live. The children live with the primary custodial parent, and the noncustodial parent has visitation.

While a court will generally order joint custody, in some situations it may be in the best interests of the children for one parent to have sole custody.

Our law firm understands each family is different, and we adjust our strategies accordingly. In every custody dispute we consistently work for the best possible outcome for you and your children.

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Child Custody Modifications

In the months and years after your divorce has been finalized, it may be necessary to change initial determinations of child custody. For example, if you are the primary custodial parent and wish to move away to another state because of your career, a child custody modification may be granted. It must be shown that the relocation is in the best interests of the children. The courts will need proof that there has been a change of circumstance, that the change is significant, and that granting the modification is in the best interests of the children.

Grandparent Custody and Visitation Rights

Having a strong relationship between the generations is a blessing that many parents encourage between their children and their parents. When those relationships are strained because of divorce or other circumstances, it may be difficult for grandparents to gain access to their grandchildren.

The law in Texas gives grandparents who have had custody or primary care of their grandchildren the right to ask a court to order custody or visitation. A grandparent can also ask for temporary custody in cases where a child is in immediate danger or threatened with emotional or physical harm.

In situations where grandparents are seeking custody or visitation with their grandchild, it is important to be represented by an attorney who understands the legal standards. 

These are not easy cases, but we are ready to help find a solution for your situation. Contact the Jeff Gilbert Law Office to speak to your attorney about your visitation rights.

Let an attorney help you with your Angleton child custody case

Doing what's best for your children means exercising every available resource. It takes an experienced child custody attorney to show you all options available. Contact the Jeff Gilbert Law Office for your child custody case. Our firm strives for sound custody arrangements that allow you to move forward with your life after divorce proceedings.