Three San Antonio Child Custody Laws to Know

If you’re a Texan getting or considering divorce, you probably have many questions about the laws governing San Antonio child custody. Texas laws are required to focus on the best interests of the child in the event of divorce. But what does that mean? Let’s look at three big ways the laws regarding San Antonio child custody can impact you and your family.

  1. Whenever possible, courts prefer that both parents remain active in the child’s life. This is a great concept, though it can be fuzzy in the execution. What if your ex tells the court things about you that aren’t accurate? What if your child is upset about the divorce and doesn’t want to see one parent? Having a San Antonio child custody attorney on your side can help the courts get a fair representation of the facts.
  2. Failing to pay child support may not legally impact visitation. While you may have wages garnished or even face a criminal penalty for non-payment, you cannot be legally prohibited from seeing your child for non-payment of child support. If you have been, the lawyer in your San Antonio child custody case should be notified so they can help you. Texas courts believe that inability to pay shouldn’t impact a parent’s relationship with their child. Your lawyer may also be able to have support payments modified in some cases.
  3. Children over 12 are allowed some say for which parent they will live with. The final decision is made not by the child, but the courts. Still, a child over the age of 12 can sign a “choice of managing conservatorship” form. While this is not a binding document under San Antonio child custody laws, it is considered persuasive by most courts.

If you still need help in a San Antonio child custody case, your next call should be to Jennifer Espronceda at Espronceda Law. As an experienced family law attorney, she can help you navigate the court system and maintain a relationship with your child after a divorce. Contact her using the available form or by calling 210-504-1514.

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