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Divorce and Children

Understanding and Minimizing the Impact of Divorce on Children

An overwhelming concern – even fear – for most parents considering divorce is how this change will affect their children. It is no different for parents who were never married and are now separating.

Major family changes do impact children. How difficult the adjustment is, and how long it takes for children to feel secure and “back to normal” will vary greatly, depending on the resilience of the child, the actions of the parents, the stability of the child”s social network, and the resources available for them in their overall environment.

In fact, these are factors that a Texas family court judge will consider when making a rule on what is in the “best interest of the child” in a child custody case.

At the Schneider Law Firm our child custody lawyers are advocates for parents and their children in Texas family court. Contact our law officeto learn how we can help you:

  • Protect your parental rights in a child custody case
  • Secure child custody or negotiate ample visitation with your child
  • Obtain child support, get a judge to modify an existing child support order, or enforce a child support order if you are owed back support
  • Ensure the safety of a child who has been the victim of abuse
  • Protect your child”s important relationships, including their relationship with grandparents

Protecting the Interests of Children in Divorce Cases

Texas family courts have several procedures in place to protect children and to help parents resolve disputes about child custody. For example, an independent mediator is often assigned to work with parents in contested child custody case. These independent mediators are often former judges who have a lot of insight to share.

The family court judge may also appoint an attorney for your children if the judge believes your children”s interests are not being adequately represented which is more likely to happen in a hotly contested case.

If there are concerns about the parenting abilities of a parent, the judge may order that parent to attend psychological counseling, anger management counseling, or parenting classes. While family court judges strive to ensure children have access to both parents, when there is concern for the safety of a child the judge may require that the parent visit the child only in a supervised setting.

At the Schneider Law Firm, our goal is to protect your most important relationship – that of a parent and a child. Call 817-755-1852 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our skilled child custody lawyers to learn more about how we can help you.

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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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