Tips for Accomplishing Your Child Custody Goals

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If you are facing a divorce and you have child custody (called conservatorship in Texas) goals, there are things that you can do to help accomplish them. For example, if your goal is to become the primary custodial parent with whom your children make their primary home, the first order of business is working closely with an experienced Harker Heights family law attorney.

One: Find the Right Family Law Attorney for You

Divorce is a complicated legal matter, and child custody is often one of the most hotly contested issues. Finding the right family law attorney for you can make a significant difference in how your case proceeds, and some of the qualities you should be on the lookout for include:

  • A family law attorney whom you are comfortable sharing very personal information about yourself, your marriage, and your children

  • A family law attorney who makes you feel heard and who respects your opinions

  • A family law attorney who helps you set realistic priorities regarding your case

  • A family law attorney who helps you understand your best options

Two: Make Solid Early Choices

If it is your goal to remain in your family home as the primary custodial parent in order to provide your children with the consistency they crave in the face of a very difficult transition, it is critical that you make solid early choices that bolster your chances of accomplishing this. Although staying in your home while your divorce is pending can be difficult, it may help you remain there post-divorce. The judge presiding over your case prefers constancy for your children, which often translates to supporting the status quo.

Three: Crunch the Numbers

If your goal is to remain in your home with your kids, you are very likely going to need to make financial compromises. Often, the family home is the most significant marital asset, which means that you may have to dig deep in order to buy out your spouse’s equitable share. However, there may be a variety of options available to you, including:

  • Offsetting the home’s value with a variety of other assets

  • Obtaining a loan and buying out your divorcing spouse outright

  • Buying out your divorcing spouse’s ownership over time

  • Owning the house with your divorcing spouse until your children are grown

Four: Consider the Factors the Court Will Consider

When the court makes decisions that relate to child custody, it is always guided by the children’s best interest and takes factors like the following into careful consideration:

  • Each parent’s mental and physical health

  • Each parent’s financial stability

  • Each parent’s unique relationship with the children

  • Any special needs any of the children may have

Turn to an Experienced Harker Heights Family Law Attorney for the Help You Need

Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard – proudly serving Harker Heights, Texas – is a formidable divorce attorney who dedicates his practice to protecting the parental rights of clients like you. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.
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