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Helping You Understand Your Rights In Child Custody Cases

Your time with your children is precious. This is especially the case when parents are divorcing or unmarried and not living together. When custody is an issue, it is essential that you have a dedicated advocate on your side.

We understand how difficult these situations can be. Our lawyers at Scott, Ray, Pemberton & Goll, PLLC, are dedicated to handling child custody cases with the best interests of the child, as well as your wishes, in mind. Our firm has more than 40 years of experience handling all aspects of family law for clients in Greenville, McKinney, Rockwall, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, and all of the surrounding communities.

Common Terms in Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship

There are many terms that are used in suits affecting the parent-child relationship (SAPCR), whether parents are divorced or unmarried. The common ones are as follows:

Uncontested SAPCR Case

Parents/Conservators agree to all terms regarding children: custody, possession/access and support (including medical support).

Contested SAPCR Case

Any SAPCR case in which the Parents/Conservators disagree to any or all terms of the case regarding children: custody, possession/access and support (including medical support).

Mediation

Mediation is the use of a neutral individual who assist the parties in reaching an agreement resolving issues in disputes in the case. Mediation is routinely required by the courts prior to a trial setting.

Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)

A TRO is an Order obtained prior to a hearing to protect the parties and children until a hearing can be scheduled (within 14 days) for temporary orders.

Temporary Orders

Prior to a trial, the court can make orders regarding the parties and custody, possession/access and support of the child(ren). Temporary Orders can include drug testing, access facilitation, social studies and more.

Child Custody

Custody aka conservatorship is the allocation of rights/duties of parents. The presumption in Texas is that parents should be appointed a joint conservators, meaning they continue to share the rights/duties of a parent.

Child Possession/Access

This is the schedule of when children are with their individual parents and includes provisions as to when and how possession is exchanged between parents.

Child Support

The law requires a court to make orders for the support of the child(ren) including health insurance and payment of uninsured medical expenses. Statutory guidelines for child support are presumed to be in the best interest of the child(ren).

Protective Order

A protective order is based upon sworn testimony regarding family violence and orders the offender not to make contact with the victim(s) or coming within a certain distance of the victim(s) or his/her/their usual place of business, school, daycare and/or residence.

Modification Of Child Custody Orders

Situations often arise that require changes to be made to the established child custody order, including a relocation or a job change. When a modification needs to occur, it is important that this goes through the courts. Most child custody orders provide provisions that allow for the parties to agree to short-term changes, however, any agreements made between parents are not easily enforceable without a court order. We can help you understand the process of seeking a child custody modification and provide the information you need.

Discuss Your Custody Questions With Us

Get answers to all the questions you have about child custody matters. Call our office today at 972-525-5872 or 903-454-0044, or contact us online.