If a child’s parents do not live together, the state of Texas presumes that both parents have the responsibility to provide financial support and the right to custody or visitation. Though child support and visitation may seem like two sides of the same coin, they are separate issues. If one parent withholds child support, this does not give the other parent the right to withhold visitation — and vice versa.
If parents are unable to agree on visitation arrangements for themselves, these arrangements will be settled for them in a Texas courtroom. In order for child support and visitation to be legally established, paternity must first be determined. Paternity can be voluntarily established through the filing of an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP). In situations where paternity is unknown or contested, scientific testing can be ordered by the court to identify the biological father.
A child visitation schedule includes visitation and access during:
- Summer breaks
- Spring breaks
Unless both parents come up with a schedule together, the court will decide a schedule for you.
If visitation is contested, the Office of the Attorney General recommends employing the services of a private Collin County family law attorney. At Scroggins Family Law, we have over 24 years of family law experience. We have helped hundreds of clients resolve difficult child visitation disputes in and around Dallas. Allow us to use our trial experience to protect your child’s best interests.
To enlist the counsel of a Texas board-certified family law specialist, call Scroggins Family Law at 214-469-3100. Our Collin County visitation rights lawyers proudly serve Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Allen, Frisco, Plano and McKinney.