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Child Custody Lawyers Serving Austin and Central, TX

Custody Enforcement, Disputes, and Modifications Couple Arguing Over Custody

At Andrae Law, PLLC our goal is to guide you through any custody proceedings to help you not only avoid the stress associated with a dispute or disagreement but to help you seek a swift and favorable result. Our Austin custody attorneys work diligently to help you achieve the outcome you are hoping for while keeping you informed and supported.

We take on custody proceedings for clients in and around Austin, Williamson, Travis, and surrounding counties, including those that involve:

To find out how our child custody lawyers can help you, call (512) 668-7133. We serve Williamson, Austin, Travis, and surrounding counties in Texas.

Types of Custody in Texas

Any custody issue has the potential to be highly contested. As parents, we want what’s best for our children, and we fight for what we believe is right. This can make an otherwise amicable divorce turn into a heated battle over custody and visitation.

Most parents that come in for a consultation with us ask how they can get “primary custody” or “sole custody” of their children. While this is a reasonable and expected question in a parent’s mind, the legal term in the Texas Family Code is conservatorship. One parent is usually given the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the children.

The term conservatorship encompasses many other rights, duties, and obligations of the parents or conservators beyond the issue of the children’s primary residence. The presumption in Texas is that parents are Joint Managing Conservators and will make decisions jointly, such as whether a child should have an elective surgery or receive psychological treatment.

However, there are some cases where one parent is named the Sole Managing Conservator and the other parent is named the Possessory Conservator. Those designations are typically reserved for the high conflict relationships, or in a case where one parent has significant mental health or substance abuse problems, or other issues that interfere with their ability to parent.

How is Custody Determined in Texas?

There are several factors that the courts consider when making judgments regarding child custody in Texas. The overarching factor is the best interest of the child. There are multiple ways to measure this, which include:

  • Each parent’s home environment
  • How far the parents live from each other
  • Each parent’s ability to take care of the child or children
  • Whether or not the parents are able to work together
  • The financial situation of each parent
  • The job situation of each parent (travel, work hours, etc.)
  • The child’s preference when 12 years or older
  • Needs of the child (both emotional and physical)
  • The current extent of each parent’s relationship with the child

These are just a few of the factors a court may consider. No matter what, the court will decide based on what it believes will be in the best interest of the child.

How Can a Lawyer Help Me Get Custody?

There is an unlimited number of variations within the issue of conservatorship. Our firm works to find a structure that works best for our client and their family. As mediators and litigators, our Austin child custody lawyers have negotiated and formulated an infinite number of conservatorship structures for our clients and mediation parties.

Contact us at (512) 668-7133 to put our Austin custody attorneys on your side.

What Sets Our Firm Apart?

  • Full Service Family Law Firm

    We have the expertise in these areas to help you resolve your family law issues.

  • Experienced Attorneys

    Our attorneys have over 40 years of combined legal experience.

  • Board Certified

    Amanda Andrae is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

  • Committed to Giving Back

    Our firm is involved with giving back to the legal profession and the community.