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Parental Rights

Legal Representation to Protect Your Rights as a Parent

The Schneider Law Firm represents clients in child custody, parental visitation and related legal matters. If you are a parent facing divorce and subsequent child custody and visitation determinations, or if you are an unmarried parent who is seeking custody or visitation rights, please contact our law office today to schedule a free initial consultation. Our experienced family law attorneys can help explain your visitation rights and your legal options.

What are my Rights as a Parent?

A child custody case in Texas typically involves designating one parent as the custodial/ “primary parent.” The child’s primary residence (typically used for determining school enrollment) is with the custodial parent. The other parent, the noncustodial parent, is ordered a possession schedule. The parent named primary will typically also be given the exclusive right to receive child support on behalf of the child, payable by the noncustodial parent. The primary parent does not necessarily get more time with the child. A parenting plan addressing child custody, possession and access will be established by the court, and will detail the visitation schedule granted to both parents. The needs and best interests of the child will be considered when determining this parenting plan.

Parent Rights and the Best Interest of the Children

Texas family law courts are tasked with determining the best interests of the child, and do not favor one parent over the other in legal issues involving children. Many are under the impression that mothers are favored in child custody proceedings. However, Texas courts aim to make determinations that benefit the child or children involved.

At the Schneider Law Firm we have attorneys who represent both mothers and fathers in a range of family law matters affecting children. This includes a variety of cases, such as:

  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Child support
  • Paternity

We do not discriminate against mothers or fathers. We represent clients with the aim of working in the best interests of the child. To learn more about our approach, contact us online or call 817-755-1852 to schedule a free consultation.

Fathers’ Rights

Once the father’s identity has been legally established, he can pursue child custody and visitation rights, as well as other parental rights. This is often done through a paternity test when a child’s parents are unmarried. If the parties were married, there is a presumption of paternity. We have a thorough understanding of Texas paternity laws and how they apply to alleged fathers.

Mothers’ Rights

Our firm can provide legal assistance if you are a mother trying to prove the paternity of your child. Once the identity of the father has been legally established, you can seek child support payments and hold the father accountable for fulfilling parental obligations.

Contact an Attorney that will protect your Parental Rights

A child deserves to have both parents in their life. Our law firm can provide the legal resources necessary to establish a legal relationship between a father and child. To find out more about mothers’ and fathers’ rights, as well as our other practice areas contact us today. Our family law attorneys look forward to helping with your case.

Over time, the lives of parents and children change. A child custody and visitation plan that once worked for the family may no longer do so. In these cases, it may be necessary to modify the child custody plan. However, in Texas, it must be shown that a significant change in circumstances has occurred, which warrants a modification. Again, the best interests of the child involved will be considered.

If you are interested in learning more about your parenting rights and options, or the possibility of pursuing a modification of visitation, please contact our office today, call 817-755-1852.

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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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