Child Custody & Visitation

At GoransonBain we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver sound legal advice while attempting to de-escalate contentious, emotional situations. There is no area of family law where this skill is more important than in child custody. Every member of our team understands that the care of your child is your number one priority as a parent. While we always aggressively protect our clients’ rights, we also strive to keep the best interests of their children at the forefront by keeping them out of the litigation.

Most mothers and fathers recognize that having a positive and nurturing relationship with both parents is an important part of a child’s self-esteem and well-being. However, the stress and negative emotions that accompany most family law disputes can, in the heat of the moment, interfere with a parent’s ability to recognize the harm caused by ongoing parental conflicts. As with all of our family law services, we strive to avoid unnecessary emotional pain for your family. If we become aware that your child is struggling, we will discretely bring it to your attention. We believe it is essential for parents to actively manage the emotional impact of custody litigation on themselves in order to better protect the child from collateral harm.

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When proceedings or negative emotions threaten a beneficial resolution that serves the child’s best interests, we strive to bring a pragmatic and reasoned tone to the discourse. Our goal is to help our client’s resume their normal lives as soon as possible and to lay the foundation for a stable and positive environment for the child in the years to come.

Our lawyers are experienced with handling child custody and child visitation rights on behalf of mothers, fathers and grandparents. For more than 25 years we have helped residents in Dallas and throughout Texas resolve their family law matters. Whether the case requires a contested final trial before a judge or jury, or can be resolved through non-adversarial methods like collaborative law or mediation, each attorney at GoransonBain works assertively, methodically, and effectively to help you achieve your goals.

Non-adversarial methods of dispute resolution can result in unconventional solutions because they are tailored for your unique situation.  For example, a boilerplate-parenting schedule provided by the courts might not be good fit for a parent who works long hours or the night shift. Using Collaborative Law techniques, you and your spouse – with the help of an attorney – can develop alternative options that lead to an agreed parenting schedule that accommodates the work schedules of both parents, as well as the child’s school schedule.  Through mediation or collaborative law methods, we will develop a child custody plan that fits your distinctive situation.

Agreeing to a Parenting Plan

Typically, the more parents cooperate with each other, the better it is for the child. Mediation and collaborative divorce help parents refine the art of cooperation at a challenging time. In addition, rather than letting the court dictate the terms, collaboration with your spouse allows you to develop a parenting plan that most effectively supports your child’s physical, emotional and intellectual well-being. After all, you know your child better than the court and lawmakers do. The courts encourage this high level of cooperation and usually agree to parenting plans, amendments and temporary changes that are in a child’s best interests.

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If you have children and are contemplating a divorce it is crucial to talk to a capable family lawyer as soon as possible. Call or email our Dallas, Plano, or Austin office to schedule a consultation.

During your consultation we will give you a clear idea of what may lie ahead, and help you to better understand how you can achieve your goals with minimal impact to your children.  You will have the opportunity to ask us questions and together we can begin creating a plan that is as unique as your family.