Understanding Visitation Rights
Studies continue to show that it is in the best interests of the child for him or her to be allowed sufficient time with both parents, if at all possible. At Fabio & Merrill, our attorneys are committed to advocating on your behalf to ensure the relationship you have with your child is protected and allowed to flourish after the divorce.
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In Texas, the court will sign a possession order that dictates exactly when each parent will be allowed time alone with the child. In this agreement, one parent will be awarded the right to establish the primary physical residence of the child. The other parent is generally granted joint managing conservatorship, which concerns the decision-making rights and duties of the parent. This parent is granted enough visitation time with the child to continue to nurture that important parent-child relationship.
Special considerations are made for certain circumstances:
- Young children: The standard possession guidelines for sharing time with the child will probably not apply to children under 3 years old. Arrangements will be made to ensure the child’s care, but will be altered when the child turns 3.
- Weekends and holidays: The order will dictate which holidays will be spent with either parent, usually splitting this time in an equitable manner.
- Distance issues: Special instructions will be given to dictate the visitation agreements for parents living more than 100 miles apart.
- Grandparent visitation: We assist grandparents seeking visitation rights of grandchildren, under special circumstances.
As the years go by and circumstances change for both the parents and the children, modifications may be needed in order to ensure that the decree continues to reflect the best interests of the child. Our lawyers can help file petitions for modifications for a wide range of situations, including relocation of a parent, a job change for a parent, remarriage of a parent, extracurricular activities of the child, medical conditions of either the parent or the child, and a wide range of other reasons.
Questions About Child Custody And Visitation? Call Us Today.
To learn more about how we can help you navigate all issues related to your relationship with your children, please contact our Houston law firm today at 713-568-3341 or toll free at 866-761-1513. Our office is centrally located in Greenway Plaza, just north of 59 inside the 610 loop, and serves clients throughout Houston and the surrounding areas.