Child 
Custody

We help our clients navigate Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Joint Custody, Child Conservatorship, and other complex parts of Texas Family Law. 

How to get custody of a child?

The first step involves enlisting the help of an attorney. The next step is to fill out the appropriate legal forms and gather any information or evidence relevant to your case.

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Who Claims Child on taxes with 50/50 custody?

The parties may agree in a divorce case on which parent claims the child/children for a tax year. The parties may alternate tax years, or the parties may choose which child to claim for tax years moving forward. This issue should be resolved in a divorce case because if it is not, the parties will continually conflict for all tax years in the future. It is also important to consult with your CPA for tax advice. 

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What is joint custody of a child?

Joint custody means both parents have the same general rights and duties of a parent, and the title is joint managing conservator. This can be a confusing title because it does not mean the parents have a 50/50-type possession schedule. The parents usually must agree to a 50/50 possession schedule but some courts have started moving in the direction of ordering split and equal custody.

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What should I ask for in a child custody agreement?

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Can a dad take his child from the mother?

In some instances, a father taking the child from the mother could qualify as parental kidnapping. This is a very fact-specific analysis. However, a parent generally has the same rights as the other parent until a court order says otherwise.

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What types of custody is best for a child?

This depends on the case and the facts. A court will always consider what is in the best interest of the child. Most courts try to have both parents involved frequently in the child’s life. 

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What is the most common child custody arrangement?

Custody arrangements in Texas often are based on a Standard Possession Order (SPO) that sets the schedule for each parent’s time with the child. 

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How do you get full custody of a child?

File to terminate the other parent’s rights or file for sole custody of the child. Please contact us immediately to discuss your options and specific circumstances.

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What makes a parent unfit in court?

Under Texas law, an unfit parent is anyone who could potentially have a significant and negative impact on a child's emotional development or physical health. Examples of such behavior include neglect, abandonment, or active abuse.

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How can a mother get full custody in Texas?

One of the most important things you can do to protect your rights is to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Texas courts will consider whether a parent has been addicted to drugs or alcohol during pregnancy when determining custody.

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What do judges look for in child custody cases in Texas?

Judges have a number of factors they consider when determining child custody. For example, the judge may look at clothing, food, health care, and where the child will live. The judge will also want to know if the parent is able to provide a safe, comfortable home environment for the child. The judge may also want to check out how close family members might be to help support the child’s needs.

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Does Texas favor mothers in custody cases?

In Texas, courts are not supposed to favor either parent in a divorce case. Instead, they must consider the best interests of the child or children involved and take into account certain factors including: The stability of each parent's home life.

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How can a father get full custody of a child in Texas?

If you are a father, seeking to establish or secure custody of your child in Texas, it is important to understand that the law does not consider sex, gender, or marital status when determining custody matters. In general, Texas family courts consider the characteristics of the parents involved, their children's needs and characteristics, and the relationship between them.

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What are the chances of a father getting full custody?

In some cases, proactive involvement by the father in establishing paternity and seeking parental rights can be effective.

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At the Law Office of Robert Tsai, we help clients navigate child custody, child support, and other complex parts of Texas family law.