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Child Custody

Houston, Texas Family Law Attorney

Child Custody is an integral part of divorce when parents have children under the age of eighteen. The term child custody applies to variety of parenting arrangements to which a couple may agree or which the court decides.

When a family lives together in the same household, parents generally have an understanding of the responsibilities each parent has concerning their children. After divorce, the old rules no longer apply. The parents must put conflicts aside and reach a mutual agreement on how to raise their children. Our attorneys can assist you in understanding the complexities of parental rights and duties as provided for in a Divorce Decree and how best to protect your children's best interests and their emotional and physical well being.


Child Custody Arrangements

Absent circumstances that put your child at risk, such as abuse, neglect or alcohol or drug addiction, Texas courts take the view that joint parental custody is in the best interest of a child(ren). Typically, one parent will have primary custody, while the other parent will have regularly scheduled visitation. Child custody in Texas is referred to as conservatorship, which the law defines as managing or possessory.

Child custody in Texas is referred to as conservatorship, which the law defines as managing or possessory.

  • Managing conservators have the normal parental rights and responsibilities and the right to manage the affairs of a minor child. When the court makes the decision for the children, the law specifies that the judge may appoint a sole managing conservator or joint managing conservators.
  • Possessory conservators have only the right to access the child(ren) under a specified schedule.
  • Joint managing conservatorship is the sharing of legal rights and duties. However, a primary custodial parent typically establishes the child's legal domicile within a geographical restriction (i.e. Harris County).

Legal Help for Child Custody Cases

At the Houston, Texas law office of Schwab & Radcliffe, L.L.P., our family law practice ethically and professionally represents clients in Harris, Ft. Bend, Montgomery, Galveston, Brazoria and towns and communities throughout southeast Texas.

Texas Board Certified Family Law attorney, Barry Radcliffe has broad and extensive experience dealing with child custody issues. He can explain the law as it pertains to your situation, help you find practical solutions for your child custody issues and when necessary, aggressively protect your legal rights in court.


Arrange an appointment with a Texas Family Law Attorney

At Schwab & Radcliffe, we understand how important your children are to you and we are dedicated to working closely with you to help you achieve your goals. Contact us online or call our Houston law firm at (281) 286-3300 to schedule a confidential consultation with an experienced child custody attorney.

Contact Schwab & Radcliffe, L.L.P. today to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced and persistent child custody lawyer.

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"Barry was professional from the very beginning. I felt like I received the benefit of a large law firm experience and knowledge while at the same time receiving the personal attention and care of a smaller boutique law firm. Mr. Radcliffe's advice was caring and his representation of me included an aggressive approach when needed with the court and opposing counsel. I would recommend Mr. Radcliffe to anyone seeking competent counsel." – M.M.

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