Child Custody And Support

Child Custody And Support in Denton & Surrounding Areas

Child Support and Child Custody cases can be some of the most stressful, emotionally draining, and contentious legal proceedings. The toll on those who go through such cases is more than financially draining, it is also emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting. As an experienced Family Law attorney serving Denton and the rest of North Texas for over 10 years, Brandi Underwood understands just how agonizing this process can be. That’s why Underwood Law Office is committed to doing everything possible for both the parents and children in such cases. Even when you are too exhausted to think straight, you know your child’s best interests are being fought for and represented by someone you can trust.

As an experienced courtroom attorney who is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Denton and Collin County Bar Associations, Brandi proudly serves those in need of child support and child custody legal services in North Texas, specifically Denton, Aubrey, Pilot Point, Sanger, Krum, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, Anna, McKinney, Allen, Little Elm, The Colony and the surrounding areas. If you need an experienced, compassionate, and determined legal advocate to help you fight for your parental rights and the protection of your children, give Brandi a call today. Underwood Law Office offers a free initial consultation so there is no cost or obligation to discuss your case with us. Please, contact Brandi today to schedule a free consultation at (940) 372-0931 or by filling out the online contact form.

Child Custody Attorney

When the case involves the custody of a child between parents in a divorce, there are two major issues that need to be addressed:

  • “Primary” Physical Custody: Physical custody determines where the child lives the majority of the time which school they will attend. The parent who is granted the exclusive right to determine the child’s primary residence is referred to as the custodial parent or primary custodian of the child.

Once the parties or the Court has selected a custodial parent a possession schedule must be established for the non-custodial parent. In the majority of cases, a Standard Possession Order is agreed upon by the parents or ordered by the court. Under a Standard Possession Order the child would reside primarily with one parent and visit with the other at times outlined in the Texas Family Code. That schedule provides for the non-custodial parent to visit with the child on the first, third and fifth weekends of each month, for two hours on one evening per week, on every other holiday and for thirty days in the summer. Parents can also elect or agree upon variations of the Standard Possession Order. In some cases, custody may be split equally between the parents, according to a set schedule awarding each parent with 50% of the time with the child. Parents also have the option of reaching an agreement for a custom possession order. In specific circumstances, the court may provide a parent with only restricted access to the child, to be supervised by the other parent or someone they designate or even by supervising agency. Typically this restricted possession order would occur in cases where one parent has issues with drugs or alcohol, a history of engaging in risky behavior, an unstable or unsafe residence, a spouse or paramour who is deemed to be a danger to the child, or has failed to maintain a consistent relationship with the child,

  • Legal Custody: The legal custody of the child refers to which parent has the right to make decisions about healthcare, education, psychological treatment, management of earnings and other day-to-day decisions. These rights are typically split equally between parents during their periods of possession of the child. however, if the case goes to court, a judge may rule to grant sole legal custody to one parent or the other.

It is especially important to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each parent and their situation early in the litigation process in order to strategically prepare an approach that best serves the needs of the client and their children. Brandi can help you evaluate and improve your strategic position to ensure the best possible outcome for your child custody case.

Child Support Attorney

In the state of Texas, once the party who is appointed as the custodial parent or primary custodial of the child is almost always awarded child support to assist them in supporting the children. The child support amount ordered is calculated as a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s adjusted gross income. Adjusted gross income is essentially a person’s gross income reduced by the mandatory withholding items, including federal income taxes, social security deductions. Additional deductions or credits may also be considered depending on the specific circumstances of each family. In the event that your case is contested and the outcome must be determined by the Court, child support is almost always based on those standard provisions of the Texas Family Code.

In the event that you are able to settle your case through mediation or some other alternative dispute resolution outside of court, then you have the ability to reach an agreement establishing a child support amount which you and your ex-spouse deem appropriate for your family. You will want to secure an experienced and dedicated lawyer who knows the local courts and judges involved and can help evaluate your case to ensure you make the best decisions about the support needed for the children.

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You will most likely have all kinds of questions if you are considering establishing or modifying a child custody or support order. Though this is an emotional time, it remains important you do everything in your legal power to ensure you will have custody of or access to your children. Brandi is willing to discuss your case personally and explore your options and the best strategy for your circumstances, no matter how complex, stressful, or contentious the specifics of your case may be. If you are in Denton, Aubrey, Pilot Point, Sanger, Krum, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, Anna, McKinney, Allen, Little Elm, The Colony, or any of the other surrounding areas, call today to schedule a free consultation with Brandi. There is no cost or obligation.

If you need representation or services concerning child custody and child support in North Texas, contact Brandi Underwood for a free consultation and evaluation of your case. With more than 10 years of experience serving clients in Denton, Aubrey, Pilot Point, Sanger, Krum, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Celina, Anna, McKinney, Allen, Little Elm, The Colony, and the surrounding areas, Brandi Underwood has the compassion, legal expertise, and dedication to fight for your children and the rights you deserve as a parent. Call today at 940.372.0931 or fill out our online contact form.