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Your Rights to Contact Under Texas Child Custody Laws
Unless there’s a specific court order barring you from contact with your children you should have the right to visitation with your child after a divorce. A child custody lawyer is a good resource to have when drafting your parenting plan and custody terms as they can help you point out areas where you need to assert your right to contact with your child.
Depending on the nature of your custody situation you may need to worry about keeping in touch with your child from a distance. If your ex-spouse retains primary custody and moves them away from where you live you will most likely have more limited personal visitation rights.
Distance between residences doesn’t mean that you should be banned from other communication with your kids, such as:
• video chat; and
• mail correspondence.
Even if you still reside in the same area and share joint custody, you still have rights to communicate with your child while they are with the other parent.
You should be able to talk to them if need be when they are not in your custody, but it’s important not to be too bothersome and intrude on the other parent’s rights to their own time with your child.
Determining Appropriate Communication Plans
Your child custody lawyer will be able to help you identify the best solutions and guidelines for keeping in touch with your children when they are not in your custody. Today’s technology makes it much easier for us to keep in touch over distances and in your parenting plan you should address some of these options.
Make sure your plan outlines appropriate levels of communication in regard to your child’s needs. If they are still living locally it’s reasonable to want to have the right to still contact them via phone if they are with the other parent. Likewise, if they have been moved out of state with your ex-spouse, you’ll want to keep your right to see them on a regular basis with tools like Skype video chats.
For very young children it may be necessary to set up scheduled talk times where the other parent is present to help facilitate the call. For older children, you’ll want to ensure the parenting plan includes the option for your children to contact you when they feel it necessary, whether or not the other parent is present.
The main things to remember when working on keeping connected to your children after a divorce is what legal rights you have agreed to in your divorce settlement and what is best for your child. Your child custody lawyer can help you make these decisions for your child’s best interests and your own desires as long as they follow the Texas child custody laws.
A Child Custody Lawyer Helps Protect Your Rights under Texas Child Custody Laws
You don’t want to lose contact with your children, especially if your ex-spouse moves them hundreds of miles away. Staying in touch with your kids is a right most parents have after a divorce and you need to make sure your right to talk to your children is upheld under Texas child custody laws.
The years of experience a child custody lawyer at Warren & Migliaccio can bring to your case will provide you peace of mind for the future, whatever the circumstances for your divorce or family law situation. From the initial consultation until the day your divorce is finalized, the Texas family law team at Warren & Migliaccio is here to advocate on behalf of you and your children. Contact our Dallas law firm today at 1-888-584-9614 online at: http://www.wmtxlaw.com/