Child Custody & Visitation

An Experienced, Trusted Legal Team To Handle Emotionally Wrenching Conflicts

Child custody disputes are one of the most difficult conflicts that parents can face. Parents instinctively want what is in the best interest of their child. When the other parent has a different perspective, tensions can run high.

At The Law Office of Cicily Simms, we offer experienced legal guidance for a wide range of child custody and visitation matters for parents in Austin, Texas, and surrounding areas. When seeking a resolution, our priority is to minimize conflict on all parties involved and work toward a positive solution.

Suits Affecting The Parent-Child Relationship

In Texas, any dispute addressing the needs of a child is filed as a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR). If a couple is divorcing and has children, an SAPCR is automatically included in their case. Parents who are newly separated or who were never together may file a SAPCR, which petitions the court on orders including custody, visitation rights, child support and more.

If joint custody or a visitation schedule has not been established, SAPCRs are typically filed when the parent without custody wishes to have possession of and access to the child.

Cicily Simms has over 40 years’ experience helping clients resolve Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship and can assist whether you are filing the lawsuit or are on the receiving end. She can help develop a plan to address paternity, conservatorship (custody), possession periods, child support orders and other orders that are in the best interest of the child.

Working To Resolve Disputes With Minimal Conflict

Taking child custody disputes to court can result in tempers flaring and costs soaring. Our firm is determined to only bring such cases to court if no other option will keep your children both safe and happy. If litigation is necessary, we will:

  • Interview witnesses
  • Work with the children’s mental health counselors
  • Help clients make positive plans for their children
  • Work with both clients and counselors to ensure the children’s best interests are represented throughout the case

Board-Certified In Family Law By The Texas Board Of Legal Specialization

In bringing a custody case to trial, a lawyer with experience and good judgment is critical. Cicily Simms has more than four decades of experience and is board-certified as a family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She can anticipate how your case will be analyzed in court and prepare a positive, constructive strategy to protect the best interests of you and your children.

Contact An Experienced Attorney From Our Office Today

Speak to an attorney today about your child custody case. We offer reduced-fee initial consultations. To schedule a consultation, call us at 512-523-5371 or reach out to us online. Our office is located in downtown Austin, conveniently near the courthouse and offers a comfortable environment and ample parking onsite.