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How Child Custody is Decided in Texas Family Court

At the Schneider Law Firm we know how important your children are to you. Our child custody lawyers are committed to preserving your relationship with your child to protect the special bond you share. We are dedicated legal advocates, protecting clients’ parental rights in child custody matters in trial and negotiations.

Types of Child Custody

Although most people talk about child custody and visitation, you will hear different terms used in Texas family court. Your attorney and the judge will talk about conservatorship, possession, and access.

Conservatorship defines who has the ability to make decisions on behalf of the child. Decisions such as, religious upbringing, medical care, and education. Decisions could be made jointly by both parents or solely by one parent. The Texas State Legislature has told the courts to assume that a joint managing conservatorship is preferred.

If you believe that shared decision making will be unworkable, then it is the job of your child custody lawyer to prove to the judge why you should be granted sole conservatorship. An example might be that you and your former spouse cannot communicate or there has been a history of family violence.

Possession and Access considers where the child will live and how much time the child will spend with each parent. Once again, most parents share possession, but the child will typically live at one home and “visit” the other. The child custody agreement will define the visitation schedule.

The court wants to ensure each parent has ample access to his/her child. However, there may be reasons why that should not happen. If there has been neglect, abuse, or the other parent is in some other way unfit, your child custody lawyer may present the case for limited or supervised visitation.

Protecting Parents from False Charges

Unfortunately, some parents try to manipulate the courts by making false claims. They may falsely claim the other parent has a bad temper, is physically or emotionally abusive, has an addiction problem or is neglectful. This kind of dishonest behavior can be extremely damaging to the parent-child relationship of the accused parent.

The Schneider Law Firm is well positioned to handle these cases. Our firm handles both family law and criminal law cases. Your child custody attorney can quickly access a highly experienced criminal lawyer to help you fight false charges and unfair protective orders.

Contact Our Custody Attorneys

Fort Worth | Arlington | Mansfield | Keller | Alliance Area

At the Schneider Law Firm, our goal is to protect your most important relationship – that of a parent and a child. Call our Fort Worth office at 817- 755-1852, our Arlington office at 817-799-7125, or our Keller/Alliance office at 817-576-8084 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our skilled child custody lawyers.

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  • *P Micheal Schneider was awarded the Super Lawer disignation by Thomson Reuters, a lawyer rating service for Criminal Defense for years 2013-2023; Top Attorneys, by Fort Worth Magazine, for Criminal Law for years 2013-2023.
  • *Melissa Swan was awarded Super Lawyers for 2023, Rising Star for years 2014 - 2020; Top Attorneys for 2014 - 2023.
  • *Alison Porterfield was awarded Super Lawyers for 2023, Rising Stars for 2014 - 2022; Top Attorneys for 2014 - 2023.
  • *Jessica A. Phillips was awarded Super Lawyers, Rising Stars for 2018 - 2023; Top Attorneys for 2014 - 2023.


Great Lawyer in court and out

Had a tough interstate custody case with my ex. Mike was awesome and made sure my kid end up here with me where he belonged. Highly recommend.

- Gill

E. Jenkins

In the summer of 2013 I found myself visiting multiple legal firms in the FTW area. I was searching for the perfect person and firm to represent me. I was filing for custody of my very young daughter. When I met Melissa Swan, I knew that my search wa

- E. Jenkins

B. Davis

In 2012 I found myself looking for a lawyer. I found Schneider Law Firm. I went in for my consultation, and then met with Melissa Swan. Melissa is very understanding and handled my case with care.

- B. Davis

R. Carson

My lawyer was Alison Porterfield she was the best thing that could have ever happened to my family during our custody battle. She was so proficient and caring.

- R. Carson

A. Hoover

Absolutely the best law firm around when it comes to Family Law. I first came into contact with Melissa Swan in 2013 and I only wish our paths would have crossed way before. Melissa is outstanding and has been a total lifesaver for my daughter and my

- A. Hoover

K. Whitworth

Bria Wallace represented me in a family case. I would and have recommended her to many friends who were or have been in the same situation as I was. She is very professional and honest. She helped me get the most precious thing back to me. Thank you

- K. Whitworth

N. Dood

Melissa Swan was absolutely brilliant at handling a family law appeal judgement for me. Appeals in family court are VERY difficult, but she cared enough to really dig deep and make a bullet-proof appeal case and WINNING! Would highly recommend.

- N. Dood

K. Holloway

Melissa swan did great ! Won our child custody case hands down. Rough start finding right attorneys but finished strong .Also won our child support case too ,in same case.

- K. Holloway

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400 East Weatherford Street Fort Worth, TX 76102

Phone: (817) 755-1852
Fax: (817)769-3797


5332 N. Tarrant Parkway Fort Worth 76244

Phone: (817) 576-8084
Fax: (817) 849-2384


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Phone: (817) 799-7125
Fax: (682) 276-6051

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