Determining who has custody of a child is never an easy thing. Our child custody attorney has the experience to guide you through the process and ensure all the necessary terms are covered. Child custody laws can be confusing, but our child custody law firm can help ease the process. We will work to get what is best for your children and you.
When it comes to child custody cases you have more than one option. There are various types of child custody including what most people think of as sole custody, joint physical custody, and joint legal custody. In Texas, custody is referred to as "conservatorship." In fact, in divorce decrees or court orders, you likely won't even find the word "custody" as it relates to children. Instead, a parent is awarded joint conservatorship or sole conservatorship and the parent is named as a "conservator." A parent can be appointed as one of the following conservators:
Parents who are appointed joint managing conservators of their minor children do have joint legal custody of the children, but that does not mean the parents have equal possession of the children. It is possible that the parents may agree to true joint physcial possession of their children such that each parent has equal possession of their children, perhaps on an alternating weekly basis. However, the standard custody arrangment under Texas law is joint managing conservatorship with the children living primarily with one parent and the other parent being awarded vistiation of the children based on the Standard Possession Order set forth in the Texas Family Code (see Texas Family Law Resources for the Standard Possession Order). That means, one parent has what we used to refer to as "primary custody" of the children. Joint custody or joint conservatorship is often the most beneficial for the children. However, sole custody or sole conservatorship may be the best option for your children and your situation. Our child custody attorney will strive to get the most beneficial outcome for you and your children. Our child custody attorney is available to answer any questions you may have concerning child custody laws.
Joint custody laws provide two options: joint physical custody and joint legal custody. Physical custody calls for both parents to have equal time with the child and equal decision-making power. Legal custody, on the other hand, calls for the child to live primarily with one parent while both parents retain equal decision-making power. If sole custody is not an option, our child custody attorney will determine which course is best for you and your child.
If you are considering divorce and are unsure how to navigate the often confusing child custody laws, contact our child custody law firm. We will review the joint custody laws to get you the best possible settlement. It is our ultimate goal to get what is best for you and, most importantly, your child.