Child Custody & Visitation

Fort Worth Child Custody And Visitation Lawyer

Typically, family court presumes that a shared custody arrangement is in the best interest of the child. The parent with primary custody is called the custodial parent. The noncustodial parent will have visitation rights. While there are standard visitation orders, parents may create an arrangement that works for their family. Judges usually approve custody and visitation agreements as long as they are in the best interest of the child.

Attorney Ken McAlister has helped hundreds of families in Texas resolve child custody cases. He has experience with complex cases, including interstate custody cases. His extensive knowledge of Texas family law allows him to quickly assess cases and provide clients with the information they need to make good decisions.

Working Together For The Future Of Your Children

It is important for parents to remember that after the custody case is over, they will still need to work together as parents. Mr. McAlister works with clients to help them reach a custody agreement so they do not have to go to trial. A custody trial is extremely stressful and can further damage relationships, making it more difficult for parents and children in the future.

Before resorting to trial, Ken attempts negotiation with the other parent. Most contested cases require mediation before proceeding to trial, and he can represent you at mediation. During negotiations or mediation, parents typically work out a custody arrangement or parenting plan. This plan specifies the custody and visitation orders as well as how the family will address child-rearing issues such as education, religion, holidays and vacations.

When parents can look ahead and plan for their children's future needs, custody arrangements often work better. However, modifications may be necessary.