El Paso Child Custody Lawyer
Knowledgeable and Compassionate Lawyer Handling Custody & Visitation in El Paso County
Making the right decisions for your child affect the quality of his or her future. For most parents before, during or after a divorce, the future of their child is an extraordinary priority.
At the Law Office of Xochitl A. Ambriz, our El Paso child custody attorney has experience handling a wide variety of child custody cases. Child custody determines which parent will have more or less decision-making authority for the child. This includes decisions about religion, schooling, health care and more. This may be split evenly, weighted to one side or another, or one parent may have sole custody, depending on what the court rules.
In these cases, much like child support, the court will ultimately make a decision that serves the best interests of the child. Working intimately with our clients, we strive to learn as much as possible to build a case that accurately shows what best serves the most positive future for your child.
Who Will Get Custody?
It is often assumed that custody is split where one parent assumes the role of primary custodian, and the other parent is allowed visitation time. In many cases today, it is more common for both parents to have a 50/50 split custody or split visitation time. There can also be modified visitation schedules to accommodate work schedules and provide more time for the non-custodial parent to spend with the child. You should seek legal guidance from a lawyer in order to ensure that your child’s best interests are put first throughout this process. At our firm, we can help.
Even outside the divorce process, we can help with establishing parental rights in a Suit Affecting Parent/Child Relationships (SAPCR).
It is a common misconception that if the child lives with one parent, then the other parent does not have a say in the decision making processes involved in raising a child. If both parents are joint managing conservators, then the noncustodial parent can have just as much weight in making important decisions with regard to:
- Healthcare and health insurance
- Medical decisions
While there is a suggested standard for visitation, it is important to know that the courts are open to hearing a modified visitation plan if it is in the best interests of the child. If parents are able to make an arrangement that works for them, and allows the child to live in a thriving environment, the courts will likely approve the plan.
If modifications need to be made, our firm can also assist you in making those changes. We assist our clients with modifications of prior orders, including child support modifications, child custody and visitation modifications.