Laredo Parental Rights Lawyers
Our Texas Law Firm Is Ready to Advocate for Your Interests
Whether you and the other parent of your child have divorced, separated, or were never married to begin with, it can be hard to understand how best to co-parent. There may be disagreements according to who should get custody or about a dispute regarding child support. This is why it's important to speak with a Laredo parental rights attorney. At the Law Offices of Rudy Santos, L.L.C., our experienced lawyers can provide you the legal advice and guidance to help you better understand the obligations both you and the other parent have to your children.
Determining Custody in the State of Texas
The biggest question you need to answer during a parental rights dispute is who will get custody. The responsibility each parent bears moving forward depends on how the court rules, with parents falling into one of two roles:
- Custodial Parent: The parent with primary custody who ultimately bears the responsibility for making legal decisions on behalf of the children. Even when physical custody is evenly split, someone must have primary custody. The custodial parent is expected to take the noncustodial parent’s opinion into account for legal and medical decisions. Still, they have the final say in the case of a disagreement.
- Non-Custodial Parent: This parent has visitation rights, but does not have primary custody. Still, there is the possibility of them spending nearly an equal amount of time with the children.
In the case of non-custodial parents, it's important to remember that even though you don't have primary custody, there are still some very important obligations you should expect to fulfill on behalf of your child. This can include financial support, but also ensuring you maintain an active presence in their life. Despite the differences between the separating spouses, both must come to see that the welfare of their children matters above all.
Creating a Strategy for Mothers' & Fathers' Right Disputes
You and the other parent of your child know your kids best which means you will need to collaborate while also remembering to respect each other's parental rights. You will need to talk through the unique needs of your children, and the lifestyles each of you have going forward. For example, if one of you travels extensively for work, the other might need to have primary custody. By remembering your children’s well-being is the top priority, you will be able to work together to come up with the best answer for your family.
Trust the Law Offices of Rudy Santos, L.L.C. to Have Your Back
We know it's tough to figure out what comes next following the dissolution of a relationship, especially when there are children involved. Our Laredo team will work with you to help you better understand your parental rights and how to collaborate with the other parent of your child to provide a fulfilling life.