Laredo Child Custody & Modification Attorneys
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Child custody is always a very delicate process, at the forefront of which must always be what’s best for the children. Whether it’s deciding post-divorce terms of childcare and support or seeking modification of the original terms, the Law Offices of Rudy Santos, L.L.C. will work hard to provide the guidance and caring advice you need. Our experienced Laredo child custody and modifications attorneys will always fight for your best interest, providing compassionate service and advocacy every step of the way.
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Understanding Child Custody
Child custody is a term referring to the primary duties of responsibility and care as established in court between a parent or guardian and the child in question. It’s a concept that often arises in the aftermath of a divorce, with parents and their lawyers attempting to agree as to who will have primary custody of the child or if that responsibility will be equally shared between them. However, there are other circumstances where unmarried parents or family members must go to court to obtain child custody.
Such situations include:
- Marriage annulment
- Parental death
Though circumstances vary, the emphasis on what’s best for the child or children involved never changes. This situation can have a strong impact on their mental and emotional state as well as their future.
At the Law Offices of Rudy Santos, L.L.C., our attorneys understand this complicated process and the emotions involved. We’ll explain what you need to know in detail and guide you through each step of the process. We always aim for a resolution that is as fair and beneficial as possible for all parties involved.
How to Prove a Parent Unfit
When two parents are fighting for custody, the fitness of each may be put into question. The fitness of a parent involves the mental and physical capabilities required to care for a child. If there is an accusation of one parent being unfit, then the court will take that claim very seriously. To help a judge determine if this claim is true, he or she may analyze the following factors:
- Is there evidence of previous or current alcohol/substance abuse?
- Has the accused parent shown signs of child abuse or neglect?
- Has the accused parent shown an unwillingness to work with the court?
- Is there a mental illness that is preventing the parent from carrying out their role as provider and guardian?
- Are the living conditions within the house acceptable?
- Are there age-appropriate limits set?
- If applicable, is the child properly supervised?
Depending on the case, there may be additional factors that are examined. If necessary, the court may hire an evaluator to visit the individual’s home. There, appropriate monitoring of the household will take place.
Lastly, if both parents are ruled unfit, then custody may be open to the grandparents, another family member, or an adoption facility.
What to Know About Custody Modification
Circumstances can change. For instance, it could be that a parent is awarded sole legal custody of their children and later, the other parent seeks to obtain partial custody. When changes of this nature arise, it’s important to return to court for custody modification. Some parents or guardians make the mistake of attempting to handle these adjustments personally, outside of the system. This is never a good idea.
The adults involved might be acting according to their own emotions and not strictly according to what’s best for the child. The family court system represents a neutral third party that seeks to protect the best interest of children in any situation by recognizing whether or not changes are sufficient enough to justify custody modification. This is especially crucial for situations where a child could be in danger if returned to an abusive household.
Instead of working things out on your own, it’s best to communicate through legal representatives who can then take your case to court and renegotiate custody according to the new circumstances.
It’s also possible that adjustments are needed due to the violation of a court order. In that case, it’s best to speak to a lawyer immediately about how best to protect your child’s rights and make sure this issue doesn’t arise in the future.
Providing Quality Legal Advice & Representation Throughout Corpus Christi
You can count on the Law Offices of Rudy Santos, L.L.C. to be there for you with honest legal advice and compassionate representation. From the moment you pick up the phone until the final handshake, you are family, and your worries and concerns become our own.
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