Child Custody

Fighting For Custody Of Your Children

At the Waco law firm of Sutton Milam & Fanning, we know that there is nothing more precious in your life than your children. When your time with your kids is at stake in a court proceeding, it can be a terrifying situation. Our Texas lawyers will walk you through each step of the legal process with empathy and skill. By listening to you and thoroughly explaining the processes involved, we will help convert your fears into a prepared and polished legal strategy.

Speaking of a jury, we don't shy away from going to a jury to decide custody issues. Sometimes it's best to have these decisions made by other mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Either way, you will play an important role in your own case, and we will work hard to keep you well informed.

Three Keys To Building A Strong Custody Case

Here are three important points to keep in mind during this period of great transition:

First, remember that child custody and visitation decisions will always be made according to what the court deems is in the "best interest of the children." This of course is a great philosophy to guide you. As much unrest, uneasiness and fear as you are feeling, count on that feeling being multiplied tenfold in the hearts and minds of your children.

Be there for them at every turn. Pay attention to any changes in their behavior and stay on top of what those changes could represent. Remember, it is far easier for us to convince a judge or jury that spending time with you is in the children's best interest if you truly allow their best interest to guide your steps.

Second, be careful about voluntarily relinquishing your time with your children. Opposing attorneys would love to point out that you chose to go to that concert, that trip or that party instead of spending valuable time with your youngsters. When it's your time with them, make it about them. Everything else can wait until they are away spending time with the other parent.

Third, avoid confrontation with the other parent. It helps nothing. It adds fuel to the other side's fire and it only hurts your kids, who are desperately needing safety and security.

Get Tailored Legal Advice About Your Unique Situation

For specific legal advice about your situation, come in to our office for a free consultation. We want to hear about the specifics of your case. No two cases are the same, and we know that holds true for yours. Let us systematically review your parental rights and options with you. Call us at 254-633-3048, or contact our Waco office by email.