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At Ramos Law Group, PLLC, we offer Texas’s personalized child custody and family law services. Our dedicated family custody lawyers in Galveston County are committed to advocating for parents’ rights while ensuring the children’s best interests. If you’re navigating a child custody case in Galveston, we are here to offer exceptional legal support and guidance. Contact us for a confidential, no-obligation initial consultation. 

Navigating Child Custody Laws in Galveston, Texas

Texas refers to custody as “conservatorship,” which refers to each parent’s legal rights and responsibilities. Understanding child custody laws and how they apply in Galveston County is crucial for parents involved in custody disputes. Texas generally favors joint managing conservatorship (JMC) and encourages both parents to share decision-making and parenting responsibilities. However, sole managing conservatorship (SMC) may be granted in cases where it’s in the child’s best interests.

Determining the Best Interests of the Child 

The core principle guiding custody decisions in Texas is what’s in the child’s best interests. To make that determination, courts consider various factors, including the following: 

  • The child’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs and development;
  • Each parent’s ability to act in the child’s best interests;
  • The capacity of each parent to foster a positive relationship with the other parent;
  • The extent of each parent’s involvement in the child’s life thus far;
  • The geographical proximity of the parents’ residences; 
  • The child’s express wishes, particularly if they are twelve years of age or older; and
  • Any other factor deemed relevant by the court.

If you’re a parent involved in a custody dispute in Galveston, building a case to prove you are acting in your child’s best interests is crucial. Our Galveston custody lawyers are here to answer any questions you may have. 

Skilled Legal Representation Tailored to Your Needs

Regarding a custody dispute, you want a lawyer who understands your family’s distinct needs. Our custody lawyers in Galveston are well-equipped to handle a variety of custody-related situations, including: 

  • Comprehensive case assessments, providing clear explanations and answers to all your questions;
  • In-depth investigations to gather essential evidence and information;
  • Skilled negotiation with co-parents to reach agreeable custody and visitation arrangements; and
  • Determined advocacy to protect your parental rights and your children’s interests.

Whatever your situation, Ramos Law Group, PLLC is here to help. We know the emotional toll that custody battles can put on parents, so we’ve dedicated our practice to helping parents with these types of family law matters. 

We Strive for Amicable Custody and Visitation Solutions

Our legal team always strives to find amicable solutions that preserve family relationships and promote cooperative parenting. We aim to achieve peaceful resolutions that minimize the impact on all parties involved, particularly the children. 

While prioritizing finding collaborative solutions, we recognize that not all custody cases can be resolved amicably. Our attorneys are prepared to represent you in court and argue your case before a family court judge if necessary. 

FAQs About Texas Child Custody

Understandably, prospective clients have numerous questions when going through a custody dispute. To help you prepare for your initial meeting with our child custody lawyers in Galveston, here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive. 

How does the court determine what is in the child’s best interests?

The court considers various factors to determine what arrangement best serves the child’s health, safety, and welfare. These factors include the child’s age and physical and emotional needs, each parent’s ability to care for the child, the stability of each parent’s home environment, any history of family violence or substance abuse, and, in some cases, the child’s wishes.

Can a child choose which parent to live with in Texas?

In Texas, a child aged 12 or older can share their preference about which parent they would like to live with. However, this preference is not the sole determinant in a custody decision. 

What happens if one parent wants to move away with the child?

Relocation can be complex. Suppose a parent wishes to move with the child, especially if the move would significantly impact the other parent’s ability to see the child. In that case, the court will review the situation to determine if the move is in the child’s best interest. There is a presumption that children should have frequent and continuous contact with both parents, which can be difficult to rebut to allow for a relocation. 

How can a parent modify a child custody order in Texas?

A parent can request a modification to the child custody order if there has been a material and substantial change in circumstances since the last order was issued. Substantial changes include changes in employment, relocation, the child’s needs, or other significant life events. 

Contact Our Family Custody Lawyers in Galveston County 

Whether dealing with high-conflict scenarios, complex family dynamics, or a substantial change in circumstances, Ramos Law Group, PLLC, brings a wealth of experience and local insight to manage your case effectively. Attorney Mary E. Ramos is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and she’s passionate about helping others through child custody cases. 

Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help with all your Galveston family law needs.

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Superb Law Firm

The decision to end my 25-year marriage was not an easy one, but hiring the Ramos Law Group was. From the initial consultation to the execution of the Divorce Decree everyone at the firm displayed the utmost professionalism and I was treated as if I was their only client. My attorney Lindsey, always provided precise legal guidance, was usually one step ahead of the opposing counsel, and had a superb understanding of how things would play out in the court room. Additionally, whenever my case needed a little extra horsepower, Mary provided that "surge" to keep things on track.

Worth Every Penny

"Ms. Ramos and her entire staff worked with professionalism and compassion to guide me through the most difficult time of my life and to an outcome that was best for my family and myself. Ramos Law is incredible and I highly, highly recommend their services."

Custody case won

"I was recommended to see Mary Ramos for my on coming custody case,it was the best thing I could've done honestly.The Ramos law group was quick with emailed responses and telephone calls,informative with ANY questions I had and they also took action with what they thought would work,which it did,I had money troubles and they were still willing to help they sent me with a younger lawyer Lindsey Lewis to help save some money and she was the best!She knew what she was doing and Mary was still on my case to make sure things went smoothly and to catch any details Lindsey and I might have missed.All in all I am a very satisfied client and if I ever needed a family lawyer again I would come back.My case was won as I received primary for my daughter which is exactly what I asked for.If you're willing to listen to what they have to say and follow their guidance they're definitely worth hiring.I thought I wanted sole custody for my daughter and they explained that wasn't in the best interest for her and honestly they were right,they speak to you on a professional level and also a real level of how things are actually going to work and what could happen if you take a certain action.They definitely care about their clients and make their own bond with you,you're not just money in their pockets you turn into family. "

Divorce Attorney

"I received excellent advice and representation from Ms. Lindsey Lewis. She kept me updated at every step of the process, and I never felt as if my case was set aside. I would hire The Ramos Law Group in the future. "

Highly recommend

"I started my divorce with a lawyer who was not very responsive. My divorce case was complicated and needed more laborious scrutiny. Since the case was not moving forward I had to switch lawyers. Made the switch to Ramos Law group. Since the very first day Mary and her team have been very efficient and meticulous. Since the case was complicated the team had to go through myriads of pages in discovery. I was pleased with the legal team that helped us handle the paperwork in a very timely manner. All my questions were answered very promptly. The relay of information was easy with their software system. We finally had a law firm that we could trust. My divorce was finalized and I only have Mary and her team to thank for going through a difficult divorce. I would highly recommend the Ramos law group for their help and support for getting my life back on track. "

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