Child Custody Providing Compassionate Guidance, Advice, & Advocacy

Child Custody Lawyer in Longview

Putting Your Children First

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At The Hollwarth Law Firm, we are passionate about the well-being of your children. We will do our best to protect your little ones from an undesirable custody situation. If you are concerned about your child’s future following your divorce, let us help. Our Longview child custody lawyer genuinely cares for her clients and will spend dedicated one-on-one time getting to know you and understanding your situation.

For help with any child custody dispute, contact us now.

How Is Custody Determined?

The process for determining who will be given custody of a child is complex, taking many factors into consideration.

When awarding custody, the court may consider the following, non-exclusive factors:

  • Each parent’s ability to raise the children
  • The child’s physical and emotional well-being
  • The parent’s future plan for the child
  • The parent’s history with alcohol and drugs
  • The child’s preference
  • How the custody arrangement would affect the child’s ability to attend the same school
  • The stability of the parent’s home
  • Any history of abuse in the family
  • The child’s relationship with extended family
  • The parent’s willingness to support a relationship between the child and the other parent

East Texas courts are open to “thinking outside the box” and crafting schedules that maximize the time with each parent in an effort to encourage children to sustain relationships with both parents. This could look like a Texas Standard or Extended Standard Possession Order, a 50/50 split of time, or some other schedule that works well for the children and the parents. However, sometimes less time is needed, and if you believe that your spouse is unfit to care for your child or is potentially dangerous, we will craft a case that explains your fears to help you secure a safe custody arrangement.

Contact our offices today to start discussing what the best options are for your child.

Managing Conservatorship

Managing ConservatorsTexas law presumes that parents will be named Joint Managing Conservators of their children – meaning that they have equal rights and duties to their children. When people think of having “custody”, they generally mean that they are the parent with the right to establish the primary residence of the children and, traditionally, the right to receive child support for that child. In this day and age of equal parenting time. In rare occasions, one parent may be named a Sole Managing Conservator with the other parent being named a Possessory Conservator. The Possessory Conservator is given fewer rights to the child to protect the child. This is not a common occurrence and should only be sought in extreme circumstances as the parent seeking to be named the Sole Managing Conservator must overcome the presumption that parents should be named Joint Managing Conservators.

Creating a Possession Order

A possession order is a court-sanctioned document that outlines visitation. There are a variety of different orders, including:

  • A standard possession order
  • A modified possession order
  • A possession order for a child under the age of three
  • A supervised possession order

We can help walk you through the process and speak on your behalf at your court appointments. Through our client-focused approach, you will receive personalized attention from our kind-hearted attorney every step of the way.

Being named Joint Managing Conservators or Sole Managing and Possessory Conservators has everything to do with rights and duties of a parent and almost nothing to do with periods of possession.

Texas presumes that the parent who does not designate the primary residence of the child will have possession of no less than a Standard Possession Order, and that parent has the right to elect an Extended Standard Possession Order.

If parents wish to think outside the box and create their own schedule of access, that calendar should include where the children will be:

  • During the week
  • On weekends
  • On holidays and school breaks
  • During the summer

Once the Court has rendered an order outlining periods of possession, parents must abide by that order unless they mutually agree to make a change. Of course the Court wants to encourage co-parenting and flexibility based on the children’s needs and activities, but if parents do not mutually agree on a change, then the possession schedule must be followed.

Hire a child custody lawyer who will take your child’s best interests to heart. Contact us to speak with our team today.

The Hollwarth Law Firm Staff

The Team That Keeps Our Firm Running
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    Christina Hollwarth

    Founding Attorney

    Christina has practiced law in Longview since 2003, opening her own private family law practice in 2005. In 2007, she completed training to serve as a mediator in civil cases, family law cases, and cases involving Child Protective Services. She is also Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
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    Naomi Krug

    Legal Secretary

    Naomi is the “sparkle” of our office. Anyone who speaks with her to set up an appointment, ask a quick question, or even just be transferred to someone else can attest to that fact! As our legal secretary and the first point of contact with our office, Naomi wears many hats: From running errands to answering phones to creating files, Naomi does a little of everything, and she does it all with a great big smile!
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    Kristi Kemper

    Legal Assistant

    Need to talk to Christina, but she’s not immediately available? Kristi is your go-to person for updates on your case, a shoulder to cry on, or a listening ear when you need to vent. Her hands-on approach and common sense pep talks make her an invaluable part of our team.
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Testimonials

Client Praise & Recommendations
  • Very friendly and helpful!

    - Fred
  • Christina is my newfound champion and a formidable heroine in the East Texas landscape of lawyers.

    - kc
  • Look no further for an attorney with supporting firm that will work for your benefit.

    - Kelly
  • She actually listened and was truly interested in helping me.

    - Jennifer
  • It’s nice to know that people like Mrs. Hollwarth still exist.

    - Jeremy
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Why Your Family Deserves
Our Firm

Guidance Through All Family-Related Legal Matters
  • Board Certified in Family Law

    Our Attorney is Board-Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Highly Rated and Reviewed

    Our Firm has Strong Ratings by Established Law Associations Such as Avvo & Martindale Hubbell

  • Compassionate

    Our Firm Provides Compassionate Guidance & Advice for Families & the Protection of Children Involved

  • Experienced Mediator

    Our Attorney is a Trained Mediator for Family, Civil, and Child Protective Services Cases

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