Pearland Same Sex Child Custody
Top-Rated Pearland, TX Child Custody Attorneys Representing Same Sex Couples
Nothing should come between you and your relationship with your child. If you are involved in a child custody dispute, it is imperative that you have a strong legal advocate by your side. Your parental rights must be protected at every stage of the legal process.
At the office of John Powell III, P.C., our compassionate Pearland same sex child custody lawyers have the skills and legal experience needed to effectively represent LGBT parents. If you are involved in a child custody dispute in Pearland, TX, we are here to help. For immediate assistance with your case, please contact our law firm today.
Understanding Child Custody in Texas: Conservatorships
If you are preparing for a child custody case in Pearland, TX, you should be aware of the terminology that is used in legal proceedings in the state. In Texas, ‘custody’ is known as ‘conservatorship’. A parent who has custody of a child is referred to as the child’s ‘conservator’. In general, there are two types of conservatorships.
Joint Managing Conservatorship (JMC): A joint managing conservatorship is shared custody. When a child’s parents have joint custody, they will both split the parental duties. In days past, mothers were assumed to get custody. Of course, much has changed. For all couples, including LGBT couples, there is now a presumption in favor of a joint managing conservatorship. Texas courts believe that it is inherently in the best interests of the child if the parents split custody.
Sole Managing Conservatorship (SMC): While joint custody is presumed, there are certainly cases in which sole custody will be awarded. To be granted a sole managing conservatorship, you will have the burden of proving that this type of child custody arrangement is in the best interests of your child. While this is a high legal bar to meet, it can be done. Sole custody can be awarded in cases in which there is a history of domestic abuse, a history of drug or alcohol addiction, a parent has been largely absent from the child’s life, or there is otherwise good cause to support a sole managing conservatorship.
We Help Parents Find the Best Available Custody Arrangement
Our Pearland family law attorneys know that all child custody cases require individualized attention. We help LGBT parents find the best available solutions for them and their family. Our legal team is always committed to helping parents find the custody arrangement that best supports their child. We can help you structure a fair, workable parenting agreement. At the same time, we are also ready to fight aggressively on behalf of our clients. If you believe that you need sole custody to protect the well-being of your child, our legal team can help.
Contact Our Pearland, TX Same Sex Child Custody Attorney Today
At the office of John Powell III, P.C., our dedicated Texas child custody lawyers have a deep understanding of the unique issues facing same sex couples. We are committed to providing sensitive, personalized child custody guidance to members of the LGBT community.
To schedule your fully confidential legal consultation, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team today . We have offices in Pearland, and we handle same sex child custody cases throughout the surrounding communities, including in Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, and Harris County.