What You Need to Know About Child Custody Agreements in Grapevine

The law on child custody is complex. Parents considering legal action in Grapevine or in other locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area should seek legal counsel from the attorneys at The Law Office of Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C. before taking independent action. Our Plano, Texas, law firm is widely recognized for excellence in the practice of family law.

Child Custody Agreements and Divorce and Paternity Proceedings

Texas law uses the term “conservatorship” instead of the term “custody.” Under our state’s law, there are two types of conservatorship: managing and possessory. Managing conservators enjoy all the rights and responsibilities that are normally associated with being a parent, while possessory conservators only enjoy the right of access to the child (often referred to as “visitation”).

All parents hold an obligation to support a child, regardless of whether they have been named managing or possessory conservators by the Texas family court system. Parents have an obligation to provide food, shelter, clothing, education, and medical and dental care. They are also obligated to care for, control and protect their children.

If there has been a history of abuse or neglect in your marriage, the court may require that any visitation by the abusive or neglectful parent be supervised. Courts will often appoint a mutually agreed upon family member or a neutral third party to supervise visitation. The court may also appoint a designated supervision facility to conduct the supervision.

Modification and Enforcement of Child Custody Orders

Child custody modification may be necessary when there has been a substantial change in circumstances or when one parent is endangering the child through abusive or neglectful actions. At The Law Office of Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C., we represent clients seeking or opposing modification of child custody. Each case is different. We tailor our approach to the needs of our clients, often taking forceful action to protect the best interest of our clients’ children.

We also represent clients in child custody enforcement proceedings. Texas courts take interference with parenting time seriously. When one parent makes decisions that interfere with the other parent’s visitation, the consequences are often serious.

This is good news for parents who seek enforcement of orders. However, it is a cautionary message for parents who are accused of interference. Even if the accusations are false, it is critical to take them seriously and seek legal counsel.

Contact Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C. About Child Custody in Grapevine, Texas

Contact our Plano, Texas, law firm by calling 972-380-4222 to speak with an experienced and accomplished local lawyer. Child custody disputes can be especially heated, and many Grapevine parents find themselves in stressful situations. With close communication, honest advice and an energetic approach, the lawyers at The Law Office of Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C. we are committed to reducing stress and protecting the best interests of our clients’ children.