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East Texas Child Custody Attorneys

Child Custody

Nothing is more precious than our children. Similarly precious is a parent's right to have access to and spend time with their child.

The child's best interests are always the primary consideration of child custody or visitation actions. At Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain and Harrison, P.C., our lawyers explain the pros and cons of different custody arrangements and what the Texas child custody statutes allow and require. Because there is no one-size-fits-all in custody situations, we explore different possibilities by applying past custody arrangements and novel future custody ideas. Only after all the unique factors are considered will a comprehensive parenting plan be created for you and your children's specific needs. Of course, all agreements must be approved by the court.

Bringing Resolution to Complex Child Custody and Visitation Issues

Contact our Tyler, Texas, law firm to discuss how we can help.

The state of Texas has a presumption that parents will share rights and duties for care of their children. However, you may have joint legal custody (parents share in the major decision making), but lack primary physical custody (the parent with which the child resides). As such, you could have joint custody of your children and still only see them every other weekend, with split holidays and time in the summer.

We work to protect a parent's rights as well as to ensure the child's best interests are maintained. We do this even when the child's best interests dictate that he or she have supervised and/or limited contact with a parent until such time as that parent demonstrates that he or she will always put the child's best interests first.

What If a Custodial Parent Wants To Move Out of State?

Our increasingly mobile society all but guarantees that intrastate, interstate and international family law disputes will occur. In any situation involving a moving parent, the sooner you contact our child custody lawyers, the sooner we can help you preserve your child custody or child visitation rights.

If a parent moves into or out of Texas, it is not enough to be familiar with Texas family law. Your child custody lawyer must also be prepared to assert appropriate conflict of law rules and applicable federal law. Our child custody lawyers are experienced with the federal and state statutes, as well as their appropriate applications and enforcement. Move-away cases may involve child custody laws, such as:

  • Parental Kidnapping and Prevention Act (PKPA)
  • Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)
  • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
  • Hague Convention on International Child Abduction
  • Uniform Parentage Act (UPA)

Grandparent Rights

Grandparents have specific grandchild visitation rights under Texas law. These rights may include a weekend a month, a week in summer and time over the Christmas holiday. Grandparents can also get primary custody of grandchildren if that is in the child's best interests.

Grandparents have the burden to show why it is in the child's best interest for the grandparent to have visitation. Our child custody lawyers can help you meet this burden and demonstrate to the court why you need visitation.

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Contact our Board Certified Family Law Attorneys

If you need a child custody and visitation arrangement that provides you more time with your children, or if you have a unique work schedule that makes it difficult to implement a standard visitation schedule, you need the assistance of an experienced child custody lawyer to help you craft a parenting plan that meets your family's needs. Contact the child custody lawyers of Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison, P.C.

Our divorce law firm serves clients in east Texas, including Tyler, Longview, Marshall, Canton, Palestine, Athens, Quitman, Henderson, Rusk, Jacksonville, Nacogdoches, Smith County and Gregg County.

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Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison, P.C. • 109 West Ferguson Street Tyler, TX 75702
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