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Dedicated Harker Heights Child Custody Lawyers Work to Set Appropriate Child Custody Terms

Killeen area attorneys advocate for parents in Bell and Coryell counties

Divorcing parents want what’s best for their children, but the conflicts that ended their marriage sometimes creep into discussions over custody and visitation. Our Harker Heights law firm, Seigman, Starritt-Burnett & Sinkfield, PLLC, assists parents in Bell and Coryell counties whether they agree with their partners on key issues or have serious disputes. We’ll explain the relevant Texas law relating to conservatorship, access and possession, so that you have an informed perspective before negotiations begin. By thoroughly reviewing the child’s physical, emotional and educational needs, our attorneys help to develop sound parenting plans and work diligently to implement and, when needed, enforce them.

Custody attorneys handle issues relating to legal authority and residence

During a divorce, we make sense of what can seem like a chaotic situation and deliver knowledgeable counsel on the:

  • Joint managing conservatorship — Conservatorship is the term used to describe parents’ legal authority to control important matters relating to their child. These include medical treatment, religious worship and educational opportunities. This authority is usually jointly held by both parents.
  • Sole managing conservatorship — If your co-parent has a history of substance abuse, violence or a health condition that prevents them from making sound decisions regarding your child, we’ll explain if a seeking sole managing conservatorship is the best option.
  • Access and possession — Where young people live and the time they spend with each parent are pivotal factors in their growth. Regardless of the specific circumstances, we develop access and possession terms that put the child first, guarantee ample visitation for the parent without residential custody whenever possible and avert potential conflicts over such things as holidays and transportation arrangements.
  • Factors — Courts are bound to make custody determinations based on what is in the child’s best interests, but obviously this can cover many different factors. We’ll look at safety concerns, parental fitness, the importance of maintaining a routine and the child’s preferences if they are old enough to make a mature decision. From there, we’ll devise the best way to establish a truly supportive environment for your son or daughter.

Family law attorney Cari Starritt-Burnett relies on more than 20 years of experience to help clients in Killeen, Copperas Cove and throughout the area overcome challenges. Starting with a free consultation, we’ll give parents the information they need about crucial choices involving their children.

Thorough litigators take on modification, relocation and enforcement actions

Both parents must honor the terms of custody orders and secure court approval for any modifications, no matter how compelling or obvious the reason might seem. Relocation requests often trigger significant disputes, especially when a child’s primary home might be moved far from where the other parent lives. Whether the proposed move is prompted by a job change, family illness or some other factor, we’ll advise you about the likelihood of a successful motion and advocate for a resolution that is in the child’s best interests and continues to enable frequent, meaningful contact between the child and both parents. Our firm also handles proceedings involving alleged violation and enforcement of existing orders on conservatorship, access and possession.

Compassionate advisers explain standards for grandparent visitation

Grandmothers and grandfathers play an important role in the lives of children, but a divorce, prison sentence or death can drive a wedge between a young person and one side of their family. As in other custody and visitation decisions, courts are bound to make a decision based on what is in the child’s best interests. If you’ve been kept away from your grandson or granddaughter, we will evaluate the pertinent circumstances and explain the likelihood of a legal remedy.

Let us review your family law settlement documents for interpretation and/or accuracy.

Our experienced family law attorney will review drafted settlement documents to ensure you are protected. Be informed before you sign settlement documents involving the custodial arrangement, and let Cari Starritt-Burnett review and go over your settlement agreement terms with you.  Our review of already prepared settlement documents is charged at the attorney’s hourly rate.

 

If you are looking to hire compassionate representation on child custody issues, call us to schedule a free initial consultation regarding your situation at  254-781-8282 or contact us online. Our office is located in Harker Heights, and we serve clients in Killeen, Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Belton and throughout Bell and Coryell counties.

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  • Harker Heights Office
    2025 Memory Lane
    Suite 400
    Harker Heights, Texas 76548
    Phone: 254-781-8282
    Fax: 254-781-8283
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