Fathers Rights Attorneys in The Woodlands Keeping Fathers and Children Together After Divorce with a Fair Custody Arrangement
Dads have come a long way as caregivers in the last several years. We no longer live in a world where moms automatically get custody after divorce, and that’s a good thing for dads.
Getting custody of your children might feel like an uphill battle, but Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, can change that. We help dads pursue a custody arrangement that’s in the best interest of their children.
In Texas, fathers see more favor in court today than in the past regarding child custody, but a judge’s final decision will always be based on what’s best for your kids. Our attorneys ensure that fathers have a real shot at a fair custody arrangement after divorce. Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law keeps fathers and their children together.
Is Texas a Pro-Mom or Pro-Dad State?
In 1960, 300,000 single fathers were granted custody of their children. Today, more than 2.5 million single fathers have custody of their children. There is finally a balance regarding moms and dads as equal caregivers, as studies show children benefit when they spend time with both parents.
There is no special treatment regarding moms or dads in Texas—only a preference for the best living arrangement for the children. The courts believe there are benefits to having meaningful relationships with both parents after divorce, and a final custody decision is based on this thinking.
The court looks to both parents first to reach an amicable solution regarding a child custody arrangement. Both parents must prove they are responsible and “fit” to care for their children’s well-being.
What is an Unfit Parent?
A parent might be unfit for many reasons. Kids need proper guidance, care, and support; if a parent does not provide these things, it is considered neglect. An absent parent is seen as neglectful. Another reason a parent might be regarded as unfit is if they have a history of family violence or a substance abuse problem.
A parent can prove the other parent unfit if they can show proof of a drug or alcohol abuse problem or evidence of violence. The court will find this behavior harmful to the children and deem the parent unfit for custody. The same goes for proof of any family violence.
The court will want photos, recordings, texts, medical records, emails, witness statements, and other evidence proving neglect or violence to make a judgment call regarding child custody.
How Do the Courts Decide on Custody?
Child custody is an emotional decision, and an amicable solution cannot always be reached. When this happens, the judge has to make a final call. The court might consider the following factors when deciding on a custody arrangement. Some examples of these include:
- The ability of both parents to care for the children
- The financial, mental, and physical circumstances of both parents
- Emotional and physical needs of the children now and in the future
- Presence of both parents
- Involvement of both parents in the children’s lives
- The ability of both parents to share in responsibilities, rights, and duties of parenting
The benefit of hiring our attorneys is to build a case in your favor if you are pursuing 50-50 or primary custody.
How Can Fathers Get Custody After Divorce?
Fathers need an advocate in their corner like Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law. If you and your spouse cannot agree on a child custody arrangement, we are a voice of reason in the courtroom and will demonstrate why you are the right choice for your children as a primary or joint caregiver.
Dads active in their children’s lives with no history of substance abuse, addiction, or violence, have a strong chance of getting custody of their children. If your ex-spouse is an unfit parent, you will need the assistance of Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law, to fight for your children’s safety and well-being.
Schedule your consultation with our attorneys to review your case, discuss your rights in Texas, and discuss how you can get the best custody arrangement for your children. Contact us today to get started: 713-766-3733.