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How can you modify your custody arrangement?

Texan parents make custody arrangements in order to fit their life situation in that particular moment. However, things won't stay the same forever. Circumstances change, and you may find yourself needing to update your custody arrangement accordingly. But how do you do that?

Separate for the right reasons

Separation might seem like a good strategy for many Texas couples that are having trouble making their marriages work. Even if you were to consider this alternative to divorce, it would be important that you were doing so for the right reasons. At the law offices of Keith E. Holloway, we I have seen the many well-meaning separations turn out much differently then the participants had in mind.

Sole-custody vs. joint-custody: Which is best?

Going through a divorce involving children can be extremely complicated. Not only is it difficult to come to an agreement with your spouse about property division, child support and alimony, but it can be hard to determine whether you should file for sole-custody or joint-custody of the children. It is important to keep in mind that there are two types of custody, physical and legal. Parents may get sole or joint physical or legal custody. Physical custody determines whether the children will reside with one parent or equally between both parents, while legal custody determines whether one parent or both parents will be responsible for making critical decisions regarding the child’s healthcare, education and religion.

What situations are paternity tests helpful in?

Texan fathers like you may find yourselves in a bit of a tricky situation if you and your partner ever get a divorce. In these trying times, the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway, will be here to explain the benefits of getting a paternity test done and why you may want to consider it.

How do you recognize emotional and psychological abuse?

It’s easy to recognize domestic violence when the abuse is physical. If your spouse has ever harmed you or your children, you know that he or she is abusive. It can be hard to leave an abuser, whether the abuse is physical or emotional. However, it may be even more difficult for Texas residents to recognize the latter type of abuse.

What is an inconvenient forum and how may it benefit you?

It goes without saying that change is the only certainty in your life. For instance, you may have obtained a Texas divorce in which you received primary custody of your children. Your employer subsequently may have given you a wonderful promotion that necessitated your moving to another state with your children, and the Texas court gave you permission to do so. Now, several years later, your ex-spouse, who still lives in Texas, wants custody of your children for whatever reason. Do you have to go back to Texas to litigate this new custody issue? Maybe not. Per Section 152.207 of the Texas Family Code, you may be able to avail yourself of the inconvenient forum statute.

Can you help your child transition during your divorce?

You and your spouse are wrapped in the ever-complicated process of getting a divorce in Texas. While you are consumed with making important decisions about finances, living arrangements and alimony support, you are also faced with the difficult decision of telling your children that you and your spouse are separating. Once the news is broken, you have to be prepared for your children to respond. Sometimes, their reaction may be surprising and require you to be extra vigilant and aware of their needs to help them adjust in a way that is positive, productive and effective. 

How does the mediation process work?

You and your spouse are preparing to file for divorce. You have some disputes, but neither of you feel very enthusiastic about going to court. In fact, you are both amenable to the idea of resolving your disagreements through mediation, but you aren’t sure if this is the right choice, especially if you want to protect your children from much of the heartbreak. This is a valid concern for you and other Texas couples going through a divorce.

How do I avoid panicking if CPS investigates?

Your first thought when you find out someone has questioned your parenting abilities is likely to be anger. Your second reaction may be fear. What if Child Protective Services takes your children away? Does a social worker have the power to remove your children from the home based on hearsay from another person? This is a valid concern that you may share with many other Texas parents.

Co-parenting strategies

In the midst of a divorce, Texas residents have a seemingly endless list of things to address. Decisions must be made about everything from what to do with a house to who gets the dishes and more. Eventually some matters are resolved but one item that continues on is how to co-parent with a former spouse. This is no easy task but there are things each person can do to help make parenting after divorce positive for the children.

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