Nothing in life is more important to you than your children. That is why child custody, child support, and visitation issues can be the most stressful part of getting a divorce. The dissolution of a marriage is already very emotional and exhausting, and the many legal issues and choices make the process even more difficult. Experienced, caring family law attorneys can help to relieve that burden by helping you focus on what is best for your children. Like many other state courts, Texas courts make decisions based on what is in the best interests of the child. Your Texas family law attorney can help you understand the different kinds of custody and prepare your case so the judge will have a clear picture of the situation.
The Two Kinds of Child Custody
Under Texas child custody laws, there are two basic kinds of child custody: (1) conservatorship and (2) possession and access. These different kinds of custody determine issues such as how much time each parent spends with the children and who can make important decisions regarding education, medical care, religion, and other important issues. The judge will make decisions regarding custody based on factors such as the wishes of the parents, the relationship of the children with each parent, and any history of drug use or violence.
Conservatorship defines who can make important decisions for the child. Without a court order, either parent can make decisions without the permission of the other one. There are three types of conservators:
Possession and Access
A possession order details how much time each parent can or will spend with each child, along with when. There are multiple kinds of possession orders, depending on the circumstances:
We Can Help
There are serious consequences for violating a Texas custody order, so it is important to have an order that really benefits your family. The attorneys at Setzer Law Firm in Colleyville have the knowledge and experience to help you decide the best way to move forward. With a combined 30 years of legal experience, we have represented clients throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area in every area of family law. We can help you fight for joint or sole custody, more visitation, or more input into important decision-making, or we can assist in modifying existing orders. If you have any questions about a child custody issue, call to speak to one of our compassionate attorneys today.