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As a parent, your child's protection, care, and future success are extremely important to you. These same concerns are important to each attorney at Christopher Meyer Law Firm, as well. When it comes to family law cases, your child's best interests are our main priority.
One of the ways in which we can help you fight for your child's interests is by representing you in a child custody case. With an attorney from our firm on your side, you can present a strong argument to prove that your child's needs can best be met in your custody.
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How is Child Custody Determined in Texas?
Family law courts make decisions based on the best interest of the child. This means that you must prove that your child needs to be in your custody in order for his or her best interests to be met. Our child custody attorneys at Meyer Law Firm understand the court procedures regarding child custody and can build a strong case on your behalf.
The court will consider the “Holley Factors”* (and more!) when making decisions about child custody:
· The desires of the child
· The emotional and physical needs of the child now and in the future
· The emotional and physical danger to the child now and in the future
· The parental abilities of the individuals seeking custody
· The programs available to assist these individuals to promote the best interest of the child
· The plans for the child by these individuals or by the agency seeking custody
· The stability of the home or proposed placement
· The acts or omissions of the parent which may indicate that the existing parent-child relationship is not a proper one
· Any excuse for the acts or omissions of a parent
The Court further held that the list above is “by no means exhaustive.” Significantly, even though this was a termination case, (which usually turns on statutory violations and not a best interest determination), the Court spent considerable effort in gathering appellate “best interest” cases and supported the rulings in each.
*THE BEST INTEREST STANDARD FOR TEXAS DIVORCE CASES COMES FROM HOLLEY v. ADAMS, 544 S.W.2d 367 (Tex. 1976). Some of the most important cases for Texas divorce attorneys are custody related cases. Holley v. Adams deals with “the best interest” standard in Texas for children in custody cases.
HOLLEY V. ADAMS BACKGROUND
This was a termination case. In their divorce, David was granted custody of his son and Nanci was named a managing conservator but was not ordered to pay child support. The trial court ordered termination of the relationship between Nanci Holley and her son. The court of appeals affirmed.
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