Plano Child Custody Lawyers

Your Child’s Best Interest is Our First Concern in Custody, Relocation and Parental Alienation Cases

As emotionally draining as a separation or divorce can be for adults, it’s usually worse for children. In most cases, that’s because one or both parents are so angry at each other, or hurt by the situation, that their parenting ability suffers. They wind up making choices that put their children squarely in the middle of a bad situation.

“My husband’s custody battle was difficult. We spent thousands of dollars and [several] years being taken to court for frivolous reasons. Within 18 months, Erin was able to end it. She listened to what had happened previously, the strategies that had been used against us, and she recommended a strategy. In a court known to favor moms, Erin not only encouraged the court to see what was going on, she managed to persuade the court to grant all my husband’s request. ” — S.P., Tarrant County

At Albin Roach, we can tell you from experience that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Successfully Resolving Child Custody Cases

We know that you want what is best for your child. We do, too. That’s why our Plano child custody lawyers focus on helping moms and dads find a peaceful, private, and dignified way resolve their custody and parenting time differences. How do we do that?

  • A different perspective: You’re in the thick of it; we’ve got the benefit of distance. You can count on your Albin Roach attorney to help you step back and see the forest for the trees so your actions are working toward your goal.
  • Years of experience: Each of our Frisco family law attorneys has years of experience handling child custody cases (in Texas it’s called “conservatorship”) in Collin County and Denton County family courts. We’ve seen it all (and know what Judges think about certain issues). Let us put that knowledge to work for you.
  • A commitment to working it out: Whenever possible, we help our clients reach a satisfactory child custody agreement without having to go to court. Three of our attorneys are skilled mediators. Lead attorney Laura Roach has handled more than 2,200 mediations, arriving at a successful resolution 98% of the time. Child custody mediation can save you considerable time and money.
  • If we need to take the gloves off, we will: It’s not always possible to negotiate or mediate a child custody and visitation agreement. Sometimes it really does take a judge’s ruling. We’re ready to represent you in trial court.

Issues to Resolve in a Texas Child Custody Case

Where will your children live? When it comes to “conservatorship” in Texas, the court presumes that both parents will serve as “joint managing conservators” of the children. In other words, it’s assumed that, barring unusual circumstances, parents will typically have joint custody.

Despite how equal that sounds, it does not mean both parents have an equal amount of parenting time or equal decision-making authority. Only one parent can serve as the primary residential parent. You and your co-parent will have to choose, or go to trial and let a judge chose for you. When needed, we help our clients access professional custody evaluators, psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors to assist them in making this challenging decision. Child support will be tied to this living arrangement.

How much parenting time will each parent have? Another hot-button issue for most parents is how much time each will spend with the children. Our firm represents a number of professional and celebrity parents whose jobs take them away from home regularly. Military families face similar issues. These are tricky situations and solutions are unique to the family and the children.

What happens if you need to relocate? The reality of parental relocation becomes increasingly likely over time. Read about how we help clients with child relocation on our page about Modifications of Court Orders.

A somewhat related issue is the potential for child abduction. Our community is home to many tech and medical companies that employ highly skilled professionals from other countries. When a divorce occurs in one of these professional families, the American parent may have a concern about children being taken overseas for a visit and not returning. Contact our office to talk about steps you can take to protect your parenting agreement.

Parental Alienation: This is a common concern in divorce, but thankfully not a common occurrence. Parental alienation is a situation in which one parent works to undermine the relationship the children have with the other parent. This is tremendously unfair to the children and such hostile and abusive parental behavior can shift the scale in a child custody or parenting time decision.

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Jennifer Grinke focuses her law practice on family law litigation as well as the collaborative divorce process. Her clients have included Dallas Cowboy players and executives involved in complex, multi-jurisdictional child custody cases. Her passion for protecting children and families began when she served as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem, advocating for abused and neglected children in court.

Meet with a Child Custody Lawyer Serving Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Allen, TX

Schedule a time to meet with one of our Frisco family lawyers. We think you’ll enjoy the comfortable, informal atmosphere of our office, and find our lawyers easy to talk to, and ready to explain your legal rights and options. Call Albin Roach at 214-430-4440 or contact us online.