Helping Parents in Child Custody Disputes in Texas
Preparing San Antonio families for parenting plans and sharing lives
In Texas, the courts follow a guideline to consider the interests of the child when determining child custody situations. As a child custody attorney with more than 30 years of experience, including nine years as a judge in the family and criminal courts, I’ve developed a detailed, thorough knowledge of what courts in San Antonio and throughout the state require when managing child custody and parenting plans. At the Law Office of Bill Baskette, I’ll meet with you personally in a direct one-on-one conversation to determine what documentation you need, identify your legal options and help you understand what to expect from the court.
What you can do before court to be prepared
Going to court to talk about parenting plans and child custody can be challenging. This becomes even more difficult when you need to deal with child relocation, interstate custody disputes and visitation. As your lawyer, I give you quick, responsive legal support, in person, by email and by phone.
Preparing to answer questions from the judge and having solid documentation to back up your claims may be the most important step in the child custody dispute process. Judges don’t look favorably on unprepared and uncertain parents. I work closely with you, providing personal support and guidance to make sure you’re ready to give the judge a reason to side with you on custody matters. In fact, before I sit down with you to discuss our strategy for custody hearings, I ask for certain documents about both you and your former spouse, whenever possible:
- Tax returns
- Investment information
- Bank account statements
- Tuition costs for students
- Medical or other healthcare-related costs
As your attorney, I help you prepare and provide the court with information that establishes your ability to care for your children. If necessary, the Law Office of Bill Baskette is also prepared to use investigators to uncover behavior and information showing that your former spouse lacks fitness for custody. I also set up an in-home study by Child Services to show the health and fitness of your household as a good environment for your children.
What constitutes the “best interests of the child or children” in San Antonio?
Courts try their very best to figure out what is in the child’s best interests before they rule on a custody dispute. This can be very different depending on whether your child is four or 17, but there are certain factors that the courts weigh when figuring out which parent should be the custodial parent, including:
- Financial health of each parent
- Criminal convictions
- Arrest records
- Ability to provide a safe home
- Adequate food, medical care and clothing
- Mental and physical health of the parents
- Domestic violence in the home
Keeping your children with you
For more than 30 years, I’ve served San Antonio and the state of Texas as both a lawyer and as a judge. I work with you to show the court that giving you custody is the best path for your children. Call the Law Offices of Bill Baskette for a compassionate initial consultation regarding your case. Contact me today with a free email inquiry about how I can represent you, or call my office at 210.930.1200.
My office is downtown, directly across from the Bexar County Courthouse, with plenty of street and lot parking within two blocks. I offer weekend and evening hours by appointment.