Parents' Rights

Are you unsure of what your rights are as the father of a child when you are not married to his or her mother? Are you attempting to adopt the child of your spouse? Are you concerned with your visitation rights as a mother, father or stepparent to visitation after your divorce from the child's (other) parent?

At Short Law Firm, PC, in Plano, Texas, we understand how the laws governing parental relationships, including stepparents' rights, work. We will use our experience and skill to assist you with whatever rights you are seeking — custody, visitation or adoption. Contact us to find out how we can help.

Plano Single-Parent Custody Attorneys

When it comes to determining the primary conservator, or person with primary custody, Texas is a gender-neutral state — mother's rights and father's rights concerning their children are generally equal. Our Dallas parental rights attorneys understand that equal responsibilities, decision-making power and time with the children are much more prevalent than they were 20 years ago. In many cases, the fathers are now the primary custodians.

Custody and visitation are determined on a factual basis, meaning that your family's specific circumstances will be taken into account by the judge evaluating your case.

When both parents have equal rights and are spending an equal amount of time with their child, child support is affected. When calculating the appropriate amount to be paid by one parent to the parent with primary custody, the court will consider the parents' equal standing and will often reduce or offset child support as a result.

Stepparents' Rights

When, as a stepparent, you live with children, you develop emotional bonds and relationships with them. This can impact any potential relationship or rights to see the children should you and their parent get divorced.

Our Plano single-parent custody lawyers can assist you with determining what your rights are and enforcing those rights. We can also help if you are thinking of adopting your stepchild.

Contact Our Texas Custody Rights Law Firm

If you are a stepparent seeking visitation rights, custody or adoption of your stepchild, please contact our Plano single-parent custody lawyers at Short Law Firm, PC, now. We will guide you through the complex laws applicable to parents' rights to seek the outcome that will benefit your child and foster your unique relationship. Our office number is 972-468-1821.