Child Custody Lawyers

Is your divorce case likely to present difficult child custody and/or visitation matters? At the law firm of Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C., making sure that the parent-child relationship is fully protected both during and after the divorce is our top priority. We put our extensive experience in family law and attention to detail to work in finding creative and effective solutions to your child custody dispute. We have represented clients across North Texas in cities and towns such as  McKinney, Frisco, Grapevine, Southlake, Dallas, Colleyville, Allen, Frisco,  Keller and more.

Child Custody Issues in Plano, Dallas, McKinney, Allen and More

As our client, our child custody lawyers will advise you of your rights and responsibilities regarding child custody and visitation under Texas law. They will work closely with you to make sure that your strengths as a parent are fully developed and asserted in any contested hearing or mediation session.

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Do you have shortcomings as a parent or have you been accused of such misconduct as family violence or drug abuse? We can help you find counseling or education programs that can address your specific needs and problems. In our experience, few evidentiary presentations have a greater impact on a family court judge than a detailed and thoroughly documented discussion of a troubled parent’s successful efforts to address and resolve his or her own behavior problems as they relate to parental competence and fitness.

Child Custody and Visitation Help

Our Plano child custody attorneys can also advise and represent you on specific child custody or visitation problems, including:

  • Plans to move out of state or to a more distant city in Texas
  • Unusual work schedules in the airline industry, law enforcement, sales, or other occupations that require frequent travel or unconventional hours
  • Holiday visitation schedules that accommodate religious needs in Islam, Judaism, or other faiths
  • Special needs reflecting a disability or mental illness on the part of either a parent or a child
  • Grand parental rights, either in the form of visitation when the best interests of the children support it, or in temporary conservatorships as an alternative to foster care

Social Study Phase of Child Custody

In Texas, a social study of the parents, children, and their home life is often required to help determine the best possible child custody arrangement. Our child custody lawyers take this process very seriously, leaving nothing to chance in order to protect our clients’ interests. We perform our own interviews with teachers, school counselors, day care providers, neighbors, and anyone else in a position to comment on the relative strengths and weaknesses of each parent with each child of the marriage. We take immediate action to promote our clients’ strengths or address the weaknesses in order to give our clients’ the best chance at obtaining their desired outcome.

Child Custody Modifications and Enforcement

Changes in circumstances after a divorce or separation often require revisions to child custody and visitation arrangements. We help clients enforce the terms of a child custody decree or seek a modification of a court order to reflect new demands and realities.

Contact Our Child Custody Attorneys in Plano, Texas

In a high-conflict child custody case, your future relationship with your children might very well depend upon your choice of child custody attorneys to guide you through the process. To learn more about our firm and its experience with Texas child custody and visitation problems, contact an AV-rated* family law attorney at the office of Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C. – Weekend and evening appointments available upon request. Please contact us for more information.

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