Our firm is skilled in achieving the best solutions in child custody matters through negotiation, settlement, and mediation. Additionally, if litigation is the only option, our knowledgeable attorneys are ready to represent clients in family law matters in court too.
Our family law attorneys are familiar with the many options available to parents regarding physical custody, visitation, decision-making authority, and other child custody laws in Texas. The firm has experienced great success at achieving workable arrangements through negotiation, settlement, and mediation. Our legal team also has experience with custody modifications and enforcement of custody orders.
As parents, we play the most pivotal role in our children’s lives. That’s why we at Gray Becker, P.C., place the utmost emphasis on finding child custody solutions that nurture and protect the parent-child relationship.
When compromise is not possible, the firm’s outstanding litigators are prepared to bring family law matters to court. Although litigation is not an ideal course of action in custody matters, the firm has the skills and experience necessary to succeed in the courtroom.
Child Custody Attorney
Child custody proceedings* are often very emotional, causing stress to all parties involved. Family law matters involving highly emotional issues such as child custody, support and visitation rights, and geographical restrictions can become exceedingly adversarial and contentious. In these cases, it is crucial not to lose sight of what is most important: the children’s best interests.
Most parents who seek child custody believe that they’re acting in the child’s best interest. While this may be their intent, the truth is that there is a well-documented history of ongoing negative effects on children who are involved in custody cases between conflicting or adversarial parents. Children can suffer from depression, school difficulties, family alienation, and even financial hardship. Often, parents in child custody cases get so wrapped up in trying to prove which parent is “best” for their offspring that they lose sight of the more important goal of maintaining stability for their child. Research shows that children thrive when encouraged to retain the best possible relationship with both parents. Confrontational cases often spiral into little more than character assassination battles by the two competing parents while their children look on.
Austin child custody lawyers at Gray Becker favor ADR (alternative dispute resolution), a cooperative style of decision-making that can help both parents and children avoid unnecessary conflicts, emotional escalation, and non-cooperative actions. At Gray Becker, our ADR practices involve collaborative law, cooperative settlement conferences, meditation, private arbitration, and private judges. By working toward the goal of ongoing beneficial relationships between children and parents, the true best interests of the children are attained. The ADR process is often faster and less financially burdensome, which helps both parties preserve family resources and minimize the long-lasting harmful effects often resulting from a prolonged custody battle.
Finding the Right Attorney
Retaining the best possible child custody lawyer for your case is one of the most important decisions you will likely make. It is vital to put in the time and effort to find the attorney who is the best fit for your family and your situation.
Custody laws can vary a great deal from state to state, the best child custody lawyer for you is going to be one with in-depth knowledge of the laws where you live, or where your case will be heard (these are not always the same). Additionally, lawyers who work in a specific geographical area tend to have more established relationships with local judges, court staff, and other related resources in that jurisdiction. Not only should your Austin child custody lawyer be well-versed in local law, but they should be accessible as well for phone calls, emails, face-to-face meetings, and basic logistics.
Contact The Firm
To discuss your case with an Austin child custody lawyer, contact the firm. Based in the West District of Austin, our family law attorneys work with clients throughout Central Texas.
*”Child custody proceeding” means a proceeding in which legal custody, physical custody, or visitation with respect to a child is an issue. The term includes a proceeding for divorce, separation, neglect, abuse, dependency, guardianship, paternity, termination of parental rights, and protection from domestic violence in which the issue may appear.”
Texas Family Code CHAPTER 152.102.4
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I can’t say enough amazing things about Patricia Dixon and Ryan Doughay! Best family law team in Austin! They’ve represented me and my children for the past few years and have gotten us through some really tough and scary times. I honestly do not know what I would have done without them. They are professional, thorough, compassionate, and go above and beyond in every way. Thank you for changing our lives for the better!
I’ve worked with Nathan Kennedy at Gray & Becker since 2017. I consider the entire firm extremely courteous and professional. Whatever my needs were, they were happy to help and provided me an honest opinion. Even if the opinion was not the one I wanted to hear. I recommend Nathan and this firm to anyone that may need assistance in Family Law or Estate Planning.
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