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Denton Child Custody Lawyers
Texas Family Attorneys
Child custody is frequently one of the most contentious areas of law – and sometimes it can get ugly. Even if the procedure is relatively harmonious, Texas family law is complex and the assistance of an experienced Denton child custody lawyer who understands the nuances of the local legal system can make the difference between success and failure.
In addition to support modification, our team also handles the following types of cases:
- Child support
- Property Division
- Divorce modification
- Enforcement of Orders
- Protective Orders
- Criminal defense
Child Custody Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where Do I File a Child Support Modification Petition?
If the child still lives in Texas, you are expected to file the custody modification case with the court that issued the original custody order, even if the child now lives elsewhere in Texas. If the child has been living elsewhere for at least six months, however, you can petition the court to transfer the case to a new court in the child’s current jurisdiction so that future proceedings will take place in the child’s new location. If the child no longer lives in Texas, the situation can get complicated. Hiring a highly knowledgeable Denton Child Custody Lawyer that understand the laws in this area is very important.
What Is the Process for Modifying a Custody Order?
- You must file a modification petition with the court that issued the original order. The petition must assert legal grounds for modifying the original order.
- You must pay a filing fee and perhaps a service fee unless you are indigent.
- A hearing will be held on your petition, which the other parent is entitled to attend.
How Long Does a Custody Modification Case Take?
If everyone agrees, the case could be over in a few days. If your case is contested, however, the process could take considerably longer than that. And even if both parents agree, the judge will still apply the “best interests of the child” standard, and he is entitled to reject the custody modification petition.
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