Child custody litigation can be incredibly emotional and gut wrenching for those going through it. Where can you find a child custody lawyer Flower Mound, TX offers who has a substantial amount of experience in the Denton County courts litigating these cases?
Mark L. Scroggins of Scroggins Family Law, PLLC, is that child custody lawyer. He has been representing clients from Flower Mound, Texas and other parts of North Texas for over 25 years. He is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and can guide you through the turbulent waters of child custody litigation.
Child custody is an issue that is addressed in a divorce proceeding if the parties have children that are either still in school or under the age of 18. Child custody can also be addressed in what is called a Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship (SAPCR). Both cover the same issues. The only difference is that one is part of a divorce proceeding and the other is not. Regardless of whether in a divorce proceeding or SAPCR, you should talk to a board certified child custody lawyer who has been representing people in Flower Mound for a long time.
Child custody matters have a lot of moving parts and consist of two areas: conservatorship and possession and access. Conservatorship deals with the rights and duties to make important decisions for your child concerning child rearing issues. Possession and access is exactly what it sounds like: the amount of time that you have with your child.
The presumption in Texas is that parents should be named Joint Managing Conservators of their children, thus sharing in these child rearing decisions. Does this mean that you and the other parent have to agree on all of the decisions for a final decision to be made? Generally, no. Most of the time parents will have certain independent rights to make decisions on the child’s behalf. Other times, one parent may be given the exclusive right to make certain decision. In certain instances, the parents may have to consult with the other parent before making a decision. And in some, you may have to reach an agreement with the other party to make a decision. If the above sounds a little confusing, it can be. That is why you should consult with a Flower Mound child custody lawyer who has represented clients for years.
Possession and access can also be confusing without the help of a child custody lawyer. Many people hear the term “Joint Managing Conservator” and think that means equal time with the kids. It does not. The presumption in Texas is that the minimum amount of possession and access a parent should have with their child is a Standard Possession Order.
The Standard Possession Order calls for a parent to have possession of the children on Thursdays during the school year, as well as every first, third and fifth weekends of the year. Additionally, it calls for the parties to alternate certain holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, while also dealing with the children’s Spring Break and an extended summer period of possession. The time and place for the exchange of possession of the children between parents can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the particular case.
It is important to remember that there can also be many other possession schedules aside from the Standard Possession Order. A board certified child custody lawyer can walk you through these variations.
One of the most common variations is a 50/50 possession schedule. This is exactly what it sounds like: each parent has the children 50% of the time. So, does that mean that it is always a week on/week off situation? No. While week on/week off possession schedules are the most common, there are also many variations that can be applied.
When you consult with a child custody lawyer Flower Mound, TX trusts from Scroggins Family Law, we will thoroughly explain your options concerning both conservatorship and possession and access. We are here to marshal you through the process and help you achieve your goals concerning your most precious asset, your children.