Fort Bend Child Custody Lawyer

“Our Family Fighting for Your Family” For years these words have guided the Zand Law Firm divorce attorney team. Dean Zand has helped numerous clients to resolve their family law cases with skill and underst anding.


Dean has had child custody attorney success litigating family law cases in the courts of Fort Bend County and Harris County for years. Our team is familiar with the Fort Bend court system and can help navigate our clients through the process. Dean Z and is an experienced child custody lawyer and is extremely motivated to doing what is in the best interest of the family when it comes to child custody law.

Texas Child Custody Law

Primarily, Texas child custody laws favor granting both parents access to the child. Parents who wish to file for child custody in Texas should first become familiar with the custody statutes in this state.


Parents can file a custody case in Texas if:

  • The child resides in the state or the child resided in the state 6 months before the custody case
  • The child’s parents have a connection with Texas besides physically living there, such as a job
  • Evidence is available in the state concerning the child’s care, education, etc.

Modifying Child Custody in Texas

A Texas court can modify a child custody case if:

  • The court has the power to make an initial child custody determination (see the section above entitled, “Filing a Custody Case in Texas”)
  • No other state court has the power to decide the case
  • The court determines that the child’s parents do not live in another state

Conservatorship and Child Custody in Texas

Instead of referring to a parent’s guardian as a “custodian,” a Texas court refers to a child’s custodian as a conservator. A court will give one parent sole custody of a child (sole managing conservator) or both parents joint custody (joint managing conservatorship). The court considers the following factors in determining whether one or both parents will serve as a conservator:

  • Best interests of the child
  • History of domestic violence
  • Child’s testimony (over the age of 12)

A conservator, in Texas, has the right to:

  • Inquire and participate in the child’s health, education, after school activities, etc.
  • Attend school activities
  • Be designated as an emergency contact on the child’s school forms
  • Make decisions regarding the child’s education, health or legal needs

Texas child custody laws also encourage parents to work together to provide the most stable home for a child. For more information or current laws read the Texas Family Court Act. Please don’t hesitate to contact Dean. We are committed to helping you pursue a favorable resolution to your issue. We can be reached by phone at at 281-751-6466 to schedule a visit at our office in Richmond, TX. You can also contact us by filling out our Divorce Lawyer Contact Form