Whether you are going through a divorce, involved in a paternity action, or need to change or enforce an existing parenting plan, you want to do what is best for your child. However, you may find that everyone involved has a different idea about what outcome is truly in your child's best interest. As a parent, your natural response is to fight.
At Weinman & Associates in Austin, we understand that response. Our founding attorney, Daryl Weinman, is not only a child of divorce, but has gone through a divorce as well. As a mother and a stepmother, she knows the joys and anxieties of raising children.
Our family law firm will help you remain focused on the best interests of your child. The truth is, fights are best avoided. In most cases, doing what is best for the child means negotiating or mediating an agreement with the other parent. However, when necessary, we are prepared to litigate to protect your rights and achieve your goals.
If you would like to meet with us to discuss child custody and visitation, call 512-472-4040.
Creative Co-Parenting Solutions
Whenever possible, we try to create win-win solutions that enable children to enjoy meaningful relationships with both parents. Regardless of your current relations with the other parent, you have a lot of years to work together for your children. For this reason and for the sake of the children, we seek to help parents work out a creative co-parenting solution that preserves and enhances the child's interaction with each parent.
We definitely know how to get creative in order to protect parental relationships. Courts in Texas used to favor traditional outcomes. Nowadays though, it is different. Parents may work in different shifts, have varying work hours or need to travel for their job. To allow for these and other conditions, the courts are much more willing to consider creative parenting plans that provide flexibility and encourage meaningful parent-child relationships.
We also encourage the noncustodial parent to take every opportunity to be involved in his or her child's life. Simple measures such as extending weekday visitation from school pickup to school drop-off, getting to know teachers and staff at the school, coaching a sports team, and using webcams or mobile phones to ensure daily contact can work wonders in the relationship between a child and a noncustodial parent.
Our lawyers will answer any child custody questions you have along the way as we work to develop a customized outcome that recognizes and accounts for unique factors. We want to help you enjoy a full and meaningful relationship with your children.
Interstate And International Child Custody Issues
With more than 20 years of experience, we are well-positioned to handle the most complex child custody issues. This includes interstate child custody issues dictated by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) and international child custody cases covered by the Hague Convention.
Are you going through a divorce in which you or your spouse wants to move out of state or out of the country with your child? We can help you review long-distance visitation and parenting plan options, or take steps to prevent the move if appropriate. Has your child been abducted and taken out of state or overseas by the other parent? You can be confident that we have the base of knowledge and legal acumen to get your child back safely.
The Parenting Plan Can Change Over Time
Very young children have far different emotional and parental needs than older children. In this situation, it may make sense to have a graduated visitation schedule that changes as the child grows older. The noncustodial parent's visitation time may increase from year two to year three to year four, and beyond. As the child enters the teenage years, he or she may desire a completely different plan of spending time in both households. We can assist with modification and enforcement of parenting plans as children get older and needs change.
Let Us Educate You About Your Child Custody Options
For a consultation with Weinman & Associates, call 512-472-4040 or send us an email.