You Filed Your Child Custody Case – Now What?
Whether due to a divorce or separation, you may now be confronting the child custody process and what this will look like for your situation. Many Texans are familiar with a general understanding of child custody, but when it comes down to it, what does this process look like?
At Angela Faye Brown & Associates, we try to take as many unknowns out of your situation as possible. When you meet with our attorneys in Houston or Austin, they will listen to your story, ask questions to understand your needs and goals and formulate a plan to move forward. They will inform you of the process at every step of the way so that you always know what’s coming next.
Leading Up To The Hearing
Not all parents will need to have a child custody hearing. If you and your child’s other parent can come to an agreement out of court, there may be no need to involve the family court. This type of agreement could be the result of negotiations, mediation or another amicable discussion. However, if you are unable to come to an agreement or terms are contested in any way, a child custody hearing may be necessary.
We will advise you of the steps you will need to take leading up to the hearing. These can include serving the other parent, waiting on a response, determining if a temporary order is necessary in the meantime and more.
Testifying To The Court
Providing testimonies and presenting evidence to the court are the two main components of child custody hearings. Both parents will likely testify regarding their relationships and experiences with their child as well as the home life they are each able to provide. Based on the situation, your attorney may call other third parties to testify to your relationship with your child as well. The third parties relevant to the situation might include those who have interacted with you and your child, including teachers, therapists, police officers and more.
Presenting Applicable Evidence
Evidence is critical for the judge to determine child custody. Anything that can show or prove your relationship with and commitment to your child, as well as your ability to provide a stable home life, is important here. Evidence can include school and medical records, relevant written communications, pay stubs, household budgets and more.
Determining Your Child’s Best Interests
Many factors go into determining child custody, including the child’s well-being and physical needs, the circumstances of the parents and more. Ultimately, the court will decide on what is in the best interests of the child. In considering this, a judge may look at a parent’s willingness to communicate with the other parent, the bond between the parent and child, the stability of each parent’s home life and more.
We understand how stressful these hearings can be. We will work with you from the start to present a compelling argument and strong evidence to support your loving relationship with your child.
Work With An Experienced Lawyer From The Start
The process of determining child custody can be a nerve-wracking experience. By working with us from the start, you can ensure that we will fight to protect your parent-child relationship and uphold the best interests of your child. Contact our Houston office to get started. Call us at 713-714-3710 or send us an email through our online contact form.