A Pragmatic Approach to Determining Custody
During child custody disputes, people often have difficulty making rational decisions due to hurt and anger and react in ways that are not in the best interests of their children. Terry L. Hart, Attorney at Law, helps his clients assess their circumstances rationally so that they can make their best decision regarding the best interests of their children.
Protecting the Best Interests of Children
In Texas, the word “conservatorship” is used by courts to describe custody and visitation arrangements. A “managing conservator” is a parent with rights to participate in major decisions relating to a child; a “possessory conservator” is a parent with visitation rights. Shared custody is referred to as “joint managing conservatorship.”
Texas courts presume joint custody is in the best interests of minor children. Unless it can be shown otherwise, courts will appoint parents as “joint managing conservators,” and parents will share the rights, privileges, duties and powers of parenting.
Attorney Terry L. Hart knows that no two families are the same. He works closely with clients to understand their family’s unique dynamics, the personalities involved and the needs of minor children. Based on this information, Mr. Hart works toward child custody and visitation orders that ensure children are safe and parent-child bonds are respected.
Romantic Relationships End; Parenting Relationships Last for Life
Lawyer Terry Hart works hard to assert his client’s interests in court when the occasion dictates. However, he knows that bitter custody battles often only result in the further breakdown of parenting relationships, increase contention between parties, and negatively impact minor children.
That is why Mr. Hart encourages his clients to use alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation, to resolve their custody disputes. By facilitating calm discussion and thoughtful negotiation, Mr. Hart helps parents develop custody and visitation schedules that benefit the entire family.
When clients choose to resolve their case out of court, they keep the power to decide the case in their own hands. When custody cases go to trial, a judge or jury — whose knowledge of you or your children is limited — decides where your child lives and the amount of time each parent spends with his or her child.
Through mediation and negotiation, parents keep the decision-making power where it belongs — with them.