Child Custody and Support
Experienced Collin County Child Custody Attorney and Child Support Lawyer
We understand the well-being and best interest of your children is very important to you. Because of this, we provide our clients with legal advice on the important facets of custody and child support determinations. We protect parental rights in child custody and child support disputes.
At the Law Office of Alma R. Benavides, we believe that informed clients make the best decisions regarding child custody and child support. We educate our clients on how courts may evaluate expert recommendations, identify children’s preferences, and make decisions related to possession and support based on Texas law. Whether you are seeking primary custody, visitation rights or a modification to a court order for child support, we will vigorously represent you.
Plano child support lawyer Alma R. Benavides combines her dedication and extensive experience in family law when handling your case. She provides honest and in-depth legal advice in a cost-effective manner.
There is a presumption that it is in the best interest of the children that both parents be named “Joint Managing Conservators,” which is commonly understood as having joint custody. In general, both parents share most of the rights and duties associated with parenting. An example of some of those rights and duties are: the right to make medical decisions, educational decisions, and the duty of care, control, protection and reasonable discipline of the child.
We Will Help You Create a Personalized Custody and Visitation Schedule
It is not always necessary for a parent to go to court to determine what is in his or her child’s best interest. Oftentimes, both parents have been so actively involved in their child’s daily life that it is difficult for the parents, and more so for the child, to have minimal contact when compared to the daily contact which occurred prior to filing for divorce.
Certain circumstances warrant a deviation from the standard possession order such as a different custody and visitation schedule for a child under the age of three. Likewise, when children reach their teenage years, oftentimes parents realize that the standard possession schedule has become unworkable and difficult to manage when the children are involved in extracurricular activities.
In some instances, the parents can prepare an agreed parenting plan that designates the rights and duties of each parent regarding the child’s physical care, support and education, as well as a custody and visitation (possession and access) schedule. This schedule should account for the child’s needs and the parent’s schedule while providing quality possession time for the children and parents.
As a result, tailoring a possession schedule that is workable for the parents and the children can be very beneficial to everyone.
Texas Law Requires Child Support Payments
Parents are required to provide financial support for all minor children until the age of 18 or graduation from high school, whichever occurs later. In certain circumstances, child support can extend beyond this time period.
Texas law provides for a non-custodial parent to pay child support according to certain guidelines which have been established in the best interest of the child. The courts take into consideration how many children are before the court and if there are any other children the non-custodial parent is obligated to support before determining the amount of child support that should be ordered.
We aim to protect your parental rights and reach positive solutions for your family. Call us to discuss your custody or support concerns or if you would like to seek a custody modification or support modification.
How to Reach Me
Contact Our Law Office — Protecting You and Your Family To schedule an initial consultation with lawyer Alma R. Benavides, call us at 972-578-2600 or send us an e-mail using the form below.