Waco Fathers' Equal Rights Attorneys
Representing Fathers for Equal Rights Across McLennan County
In the state of Texas, divorced fathers have equal rights to request child support if they are granted primary custody. Fathers have equal rights to seek legal support if they do not receive child support payments.
It was not that long ago that child custody laws in Texas favored mothers, assuming they were a better fit as a parent than fathers. While laws have since changed, treating both parents equally now, some fathers still get the short end of the stick. Whether or not it’s intentional, some judges continue to favor mothers over fathers in family law matters.
To ensure your rights as a father are protected, it is important to work with a team of Waco fathers’ rights lawyers that will put in the time and effort necessary to show that you deserve equal parenting rights. At Milam & Fanning, PLLC, that is exactly what we will do. We represent fathers across the Lorena, Waco, and Baylor University areas in McLennan County, Texas.
What Are Child Custody Laws in Texas for Fathers?
In Texas, custody is based on the best interests of the children. This means that the court is usually reluctant to completely cut out one parent without good reason.
When determining custody, the court considers many factors:
- Cooperation of the parents
- Parenting skills
- Physical & emotional danger of the child
- Physical & emotional needs of the child
- Keeping siblings together
- The child's preferences if they are 12 years old or older
- Reports of child abuse, even false ones
Equal Father's Rights: Protect Your Rights by Telling Your Story
If you are a father going through a divorce or seeking custody, you need a strong advocate on your side. At our firm, our Waco fathers’ rights attorneys work hard to gain a complete understanding of your situation so we can tell your story effectively.
If you and your child's other parent disagree on custody, a judge will make the final decision. We will fight to protect your rights by showing the judge why you deserve equal parenting time — and why he or she should not assume your ex is a better parent. Our attorneys for fathers' rights in Texas will take the time to get to know you and even call character witnesses to demonstrate why it is in your child's best interests to spend time with you.
How You Can Help Yourself
It is easy to get frustrated and upset when your ex is not agreeing to a fair custody plan. However, reacting in the wrong way can hurt your case.
Here are a few ways to protect yourself during custody negotiations:
- Avoid unnecessary communication with your ex. Sending an angry text in a heated moment can be used against you later on. It's best to only communicate when you have to and only say what you need to.
- Keep social media activity to a minimum. Anything you post on social media can be used against you in court. Before you post, tweet, or share, think carefully. Sometimes it is best to stay away from social media until your case is resolved.
- Focus on compromise. When it comes to child custody, emotions can run high — especially when you and the other parent disagree. However, having an all-or-nothing mentality is not always realistic. Our goal will always be to achieve a fair outcome for you, but staying open to compromise can make the process easier and sometimes more favorable.