Jean Fair, Waco Child Custody Lawyer — (254) 230-9865

In Texas, child custody issues are often complex and should be discussed with an attorney.  Waco Child custody lawyer Jean Fair routinely helps clients with child custody issues in Waco, McLennan County, Bell County, Brazos County, and surrounding areas.  

Jean offers competitive rates for the Central Texas market for attorneys practicing family law and focusing on child custody issues.  She accepts payments via cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.  Overall, her goal is to provide personalized representation at a predictable price.

If you have any other questions about family law or divorce, visit Jean’s Family Law and Divorce pages.  If you have further questions about a child custody issue, want to move forward with securing your rights to possession and access to your child, or have been served with process to modify an existing child custody order, contact Waco child custody lawyer Jean Fair via phone, text, or email.


Child Custody Overview

Generally, when making child custody or visitation orders, courts in Texas take the best interests of the child into consideration.  This essentially means that the courts will strive to make an order that serves the child’s physical, emotional, and mental needs.  Courts may award legal and physical custody of a child to either a sole conservator (one parent alone), or joint conservators (both parents).  A conservator has the legal right to make decisions about their child’s school, legal needs, medical care, and extracurricular activities.  If parents are joint conservators, they will share in the decision making process.  Additionally, the court will encourage active involvement by both parents to provide a stable and safe environment for their child.  It is very important to consult with a local child custody lawyer about the details of your specific case to best understand your case.

Child Custody Factors

Texas courts consider several factors when deciding the best interest of a child.  These factors include:

  • The child’s physical and emotional needs;
  • Each parent’s ability to raise the children;
  • The stability of each parent’s home;
  • Each parent’s future plans for their child;
  • Each parent’s willingness to support their child’s relationship with the other parent;
  • The child’s adjustment to the community and school; and
  • The child’s relationship with siblings and other members of the family

Other considerations include potential or past abuse or harm to a child by either parent and any evidence that is indicative of an unhealthy relationship between a parent and child.  Also, if a child is over 12 years old, Texas courts may consider the child’s preference by interviewing the child to ascertain which parent they would like to live with.

Other Factors Taken Into Consideration By the Court for Child Custody Cases

Texas courts typically encourage parents to cooperate and work together to create a visitation and custody plan before a custody (conservatorship) hearing.  Parenting plans should list in detail which parent the child will live with during the week, on weekends, holidays, and school breaks.  Judges typically want non-custodial parents to have a significant amount of visitation with the child.  If both parties reach an agreement, a judge will likely adopt the parents’ plan, if it is in the best interest of the child.

If the parents have issues they disagree on, a judge may be called on to assist them in resolving these issues.  For instance, if the parents agree on a weekday schedule, but do not agree on a holiday schedule, the judge may order an amenable holiday schedule, especially if the court is persuaded that the parents are attempting to cooperate and negotiate in good faith for the best interests of their child.

After a visitation and child custody order has been put in place by a judge, the orders generally cannot be modified unless both parents mutually agree to modify, or if there is a significant change in circumstances of either party or the child.


Jean Fair, Waco Child Custody Lawyer — (254) 230-9865