Child Custody & Visitation

Effective Fort Worth Child Custody Lawyers

The Texas courts encourage both parents to have an active roll in their children's lives during and after a divorce. In most cases, the parents will be awarded joint managing conservatorship where one parent provides the primary residence and the other has liberal visitation rights. At The Law Office of Gary L. Nickelson, in Fort Worth, Texas, our attorneys work closely with parents to develop parenting plans that are in the best interests of their children.

Child Custody

While the courts favor joint managing conservatorships, there are a number of child custody arrangements that can be ordered given the right circumstances. Joint custody, where physical custody is equally divided between the parents, and sole custody are forms of custody that are not favored by the courts, but may be granted in specific situations.

We encourage our clients to put aside their differences and work out parenting plans that are in the best interest of their children. Collaborative law and mediation provide parents a venue to work through their differences, rather than having child custody decisions imposed by the courts. Regardless of how a child custody arrangement is decided, one parent will typically get primary physical custody of the child and the other will have liberal visitation.


Texas has a standard and expanded standard possession order that is favored by the courts. However, almost any sort of visitation arrangement can be worked out between divorcing parents. Often the parent that is not the primary custodian of the child will have custody on the first, third and fifth weekends and one evening a week during the school year. However, every visitation schedule can be different. We work with parents to develop visitation schedules that are in the best interest of the children. Our attorneys also have significant experience helping parents get visitation agreements enforced.

Contact Our Fort Worth Child Custody Attorneys

If you have any questions about child custody or visitation, please contact the lawyers at The Law Office of Gary L. Nickelson. Our attorneys can be reached by phone at 817-735-4000, by e-mail, or by filling out the in-take form on our Contact Us page.