San Antonio Child Custody Attorney
A Compassionate and Exclusive Focus on Family Law


San Antonio Child Custody Lawyer
Protecting the Wellbeing of Children in Divorce


San Antonio Child Custody Attorney
Focusing On What Is Most Important: Your Child


Nothing is more important than your child. When a couple with a child decides to split up, often the most gut wrenching issue is: who will have custody of the child?

San Antonio Child Custody Lawyer

It is important to choose your San Antonio Child Custody attorney carefully.

Child custody litigation is the area of family law where a well chosen child custody attorney can make a big difference. It can be the most complex, difficult and vicious part of a divorce case. Not all attorneys are prepared or willing to go to the lengths necessary to maximize your chances of victory. Make sure you choose one of the few who are. Contact the Hacker Law Firm for a free consultation.

At the Hacker Law Firm, San Antonio, Texas child custody attorney Steve Hacker works to find custody dispute solutions in the forms of joint custody, sole custody and shared physical custody on behalf off clients and their children.

Contact an experienced San Antonio Child Custody Lawyer

Questions about child custody? Ask an expert for help.

Child Custody/Support overview

The parties to a divorce are generally free to come to agreement regarding the major terms of the divorce, including child custody, child support, spousal maintenance (i.e., alimony) and property division. If the parties do not come to agreement, those issues are decided by Judges and Juries,
Courts often try to preserve the status quo. If you have a situation with a stay-at-home mother and a father who works long hours, then the Court is likely to award primary custody to the mother, unless there are other circumstances that can affect the case. Those circumstances might be substance abuse, family violence, a mental disorder or similar issues bearing on the health, safety and welfare of the child. If the care of children is divided more equally, other factors may come into play, such as the quality of the care and work requirements.
In all matters involving children, the Courts and the laws are geared toward the best interests of the children, not the parent.

Courts award parents a variety of rights. The most important one, and what most people mean when they refer to “custody” is the right to establish the primary residence of the child. Next in importance is the amount of time each parent gets with the children. Also important is the right to make medical, educational and other decisions. Lastly, one parent usually ends up having the right to collect child support from the other parent.


There is no preference under Texas family law for the woman (or man) to get custody. As a practical matter, most of the time the mother will end up with primary custody. Why? Because most families organize their lives this way, and Courts like to preserve the status quo.


In Texas you can choose between having a Judge or Jury make the custody decision. Most people opt to have a Judge make this decision, usually because a Jury trial is much more expensive.

If you choose to have a Jury trial, the Jury will likely consist of 12 jurors. In a Jury trial, the jurors often decide key issues, but other issues are usually reserved for the Court. Jurors typically decide child custody, while the judge decides issues of visitation and child support. Jurors typically value the community assets, decide which assets are separate property (i.e., which assets were owned by each party before the marriage) and decide which assets are community property (i.e., which assets were acquired by the parties


These are the “game changers” that can shift custody from one parent to the other. Substance abuse is a common game changer. Family violence is typically the most heavily punished under the law. Mental disorders are the most complex. All require an exceptionally tough and intelligent attorney on your side to take full advantage of, or to defend.


The most effective component of a case is the testimony of witnesses. They vary greatly in value, but generally the most effective ones are those that are neutral (such as a neighbor) and are reluctant to testify.


Children are sometimes, but rarely, split up. This is disfavored, but not forbidden. Usually this occurs when the children are older.


A specified parent retains responsibility for the care and control of the child, and has primary authority for making decisions about the child. The designation of one parent as the sole custodian means that the other parent ma or may not have rights of visitation.


Both parents have responsibility for the care of the child and joint authority in making decisions, even though the child’s primary residence may be with only one parent.


Both parents share physical and custodial care.

What about divorce?

With compassion, understanding, and sensitivity, a San Antonio Family Law Attorney can help you along this very difficult process. Whether you face a contested, or uncontested divorce, the experienced attorney at Hacker Law Firm will be a strong advocate on your behalf, while protecting your interests.

What about Property Division?

Aside from child custody issues, property division is often the most stressful part of a divorce. The division of property and other valuable assets during a divorce can be a complex matter. Whether you and your spouse are arguing over the division of multiple homes or a single piece of furniture, having an experienced San Antonio family law attorney on your side can help you ensure that your rights are protected.

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