Joint/Shared Custody in Texas
In Texas, the courts assume that joint conservatorship (custody) is best for the children – unless one parent has a history of domestic violence or substance abuse. Joint custody allows both parents to make important decisions about their children, but does not account for parenting time. Usually, one parent will be given physical custody of the children while the other is given visitation rights.
At Carter Morris, LLP, we represent mothers and fathers throughout Texas in custody determination. Through negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law, we strive to help you resolve your child custody dispute outside of the courtroom whenever possible. If these methods fail, you can rely on our experienced trial attorneys to vigorously protect your interests in the courtroom.
Do you have questions about joint/shared custody in Texas? Call our experienced Houston joint/shared custody attorneys at 713-626-3345.
Texas Joint/Shared Custody: the Best Interests of the Child
Joint legal conservatorship does not refer to the time each parent spends with the child, but rather the rights both parents have to make decisions about the child, including health care, education, and legal decisions. Generally, one parent is awarded primary conservatorship and has the right to determine the child’s residence and receive child support payments.
In Texas, the standard possession order outlines a basic framework for visitation that is in the best interests of the child. A majority of divorcing parents follow the possession order; however, parents can create a visitation schedule that meets their needs. Whether you are seeking more parenting time or another type of arrangement, our firm can help you develop a creative visitation schedule that meets your needs and the best interests of your children. We also have experience creating visitation schedules for clients with complex custody issues such as children with special needs, non-traditional families and unusual work schedules.