Common Child Custody Questions

At Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., we represent parents in Texas and internationally in child custody cases. Our lawyers are strong advocates for our clients and pursue outcomes that are in the best interest of children.

I want sole custody. What can I do?

True sole custody, meaning sole legal custody and sole physical custody, is very hard to obtain. Texas presumes that it is in the best interest of a child to have liberal access to both parents. As a result, specific circumstances must be present in order for sole custody to be an option, such as the death of a parent, incarceration, physical abuse or substance abuse.

Do I have to go to court?

No. Custody cases are often very contentious and emotional due to what is at stake. But we have encountered many parents who are able to resolve their issues amicably. This is preferred whenever possible, but we are fully capable of resolving your issues in court if necessary. We are skilled litigators with extensive experience resolving high-conflict custody disputes.

How is custody determined?

Child custody cases may be resolved at trial by a judge or jury, or by agreement of the parents. More than ninety percent of the time these disputes are resolved in mediation or by an informal settlement process. In the small fraction of cases that go to trial, a custody determination, whether by a judge or jury, is generally determined by what the fact finder believes is in the best interest of the child.

Can a parent pick up the child and move?

A relocating parent cannot relocate unless by court order or consent of the other parent. Relocation is a complex area of Texas custody law. For more information, see our relocation page.

Contact An Attorney To Learn More

We can help you find answers to your questions and make sure you understand your rights as a parent. Contact our Houston firm today to arrange a consultation.