Fort Worth Visitation Rights Attorney
One of the most complex and emotionally charged issues in a divorce is determining child custody and visitation rights. During the process, many parents and their attorneys create a “parenting agreement” or a parenting plan, which includes decisions about custody, visitation rights, and other details regarding the child’s life. The court will then review and either approve or deny the agreement. Whether you and your spouse are developing a parenting agreement or are opposing each other, you should contact a child custody attorney for guidance.
At The Maynard Law Firm, PLLC, our Fort Worth child visitation rights attorneys are aware of how critical it is to ensure that you are able to get visitation rights or custody of your child. As confusing as it may be for your family right now, it is important to seek the support of a skilled legal team to understand the best way to move forward. Our legal team is passionate about fighting for the rights of divorced families, and will work to secure our clients a place in their child’s life.
Do I Need a Visitation Rights Attorney?
Nothing is more important than being with your child as often as you can. Though parents don’t always seek legal counsel regarding visitation rights, an experienced attorney can assist you in achieving the parenting agreement that best suits your needs. A knowledgeable visitation rights attorney understands the nuances of the law and how a court may rule in certain situations. By obtaining a lawyer with relevant experience, you will learn more about what to expect in the process of establishing or challenging visitation rights.
Your chances of getting the outcome you desire are better when you have an experienced attorney on your side. In this matter of great importance, do not attempt to go through the process on your own. It is best to ensure that you have someone familiar with these legal proceedings to advocate for your rights.
Why Choose The Maynard Law Firm, PLLC to Handle My Case?
When you are seeking to obtain or alter your visitation rights, having an attorney who will fight for your rights is invaluable. To achieve the results you want, aggressive advocacy is the best policy. At The Maynard Law Firm, PLLC, our approach is empathetic while maintaining high standards of persuasive advocacy. We are prepared to represent you in all types of family law matters, including visitation rights issues, and we are dedicated to serving your needs and promoting your interests at every turn.
Attorney Patton Maynard earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence at Texas A&M School of Law and was admitted to practice law in 1995. He began his career with Lockheed Martin and transitioned into his own practice after acquiring corporate experience. In his time practicing law, Patton has developed extensive experience in family law matters, including visitation rights cases. Creighton Maynard is of counsel for the firm and has been practicing law since 1961. With their combined experience of over 80 years of practice, the attorneys at The Maynard Law Firm, PLLC, are ready to take on your case to assist you in achieving your goals.
We offer a free initial consultation in your case so that we can evaluate the particular facts that you are dealing with and address the best options for moving forward. The consultation is our way of letting you know how much we value your potential business and making sure that we have a thorough understanding of how we may help you before we begin.
We strive to provide you with top-notch service at The Maynard Law Firm, PLLC and are dedicated to advocating for you and your rights in visitation matters in Texas. Overall, we have unmatched experience that matters in cases like yours, and we would be genuinely enthusiastic about representing you.
Texas Possession and Access
In Texas, the term “visitation” is not specifically used and instead works under possession and access rights. A child under “possession” of a parent is under their care and supervision. Your possession and access schedule is part of your parenting plan, which must follow certain restrictions outlined by the legislature. Your possession and access schedule must:
- Allow frequent contact between both parents
- Have all children in family together during periods of possession
- Ensure that the parent in possession protect and provide for the child
- Be in the best interests of your child
In Texas, if the parents cannot cooperate and decide on a parenting plan, then the court will order a Standard Possession Order which sets a fixed schedule for possession or visitation. There are several options available to you through a Standard Possession Order that vary based on the position of the family. Child custody rights differ from state to state, so if you are currently in the process of establishing the visitation rights of your child, then it is important to contact a local attorney who can best fight for your family’s situation.
Standard Possession Order
A Standard Possession Order is based on Texas statutes that designate the visitation arrangements. If both parents live within 100 miles of one another, your typical possession or visitation with your child would be every other weekend, every Thursday night for two hours, and alternating holiday visits for Thanksgiving and Christmas. More time is allotted during the summer months when you would get to spend 30 days with your child. (If parents live more than 100 miles apart, the order is modified to reflect fewer weekday and weekend visits and gives the noncustodial parent 42 days with the child in the summer.) It is important to remember that the Standard Possession Order is a default schedule that Texas judges have to rely on if parents cannot agree on visitation.
Modified Possession Order
A Modified Possession Order is similar to a Standard Possession Order, but as the name suggests, it has been changed in certain respects. These changes depend on your family’s situation and are made with the child’s best interests in mind. With very young children, long visits may be considered to be inappropriate, and the courts may often order shorter visits in those cases (particularly when the child is under the age of 3). As a child gets older, the visits will typically become longer until the visitation schedule specified in the Standard Possession Order would be appropriate.
You may find yourself in a situation where your child’s other parent is not following the agreed-upon parenting plan or Standard Possession Order. If this occurs, you may have to take the other parent to court to ask the judge to enforce the terms of the order. To be successful in court in this circumstance, you must be able to provide evidence to show that you were complying with everything necessary to use your visitation time and that the other parent failed to make your child available when required. It is important if you ever want to modify your support order that you complete all of your visitation time as scheduled so that a judge knows that your visits with the child have not been wasted.
Consult with a Fort Worth Child Custody Attorney
At The Maynard Law Firm, PLLC we understand how difficult your position may be and are will be happy to consult with you regarding your specific circumstance so that we may take the first steps in creating a visitation rights schedule that will work for you. To speak with a member of our legal team, contact our Fort Worth child custody lawyers at (817) 335-9600 today.