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Understanding Child Custody in Texas

 Posted on December 21, 2022 in Family Law

Llano child custody lawyerChild custody often plays a pivotal role in discussions when a couple with children is going through divorce proceedings. As is often the case, parents usually want to shield their child from the ugliness of divorce and maintain the child’s way of life to the fullest extent possible. Child custody discussions are an opportunity for divorcing parents to help ensure that their children’s lives and routines are impacted to the least extent possible. In this blog, we will delve deeper into child custody matters in Texas.

Before we begin, if you are going through a divorce and have children, contacting a knowledgeable child custody attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected. It can also help keep your child’s best interests at the forefront of every conversation.

Different Kinds of Conservatorships in Texas 

In Texas, the law refers to child custody as “conservatorship,” while the parent with custody is called the “conservator.” There are two primary forms of conservatorships in Texas. The first is joint managing conservatorship and then sole managing conservatorship. It is usually presumed that joint managing conservatorship is the most favorable option since most family courts believe that being both parents involved in their children’s lives is better than only one parent being involved. In this context, both parents being involved means each parent will have parental rights and duties. In best-case scenarios, two parents will form a written agreement regarding child custody matters instead of having the court decide.  

If decisions regarding child custody are left to the court, the court will consider the following factors before making their decision. These factors may include the following:  

  • The appropriateness of each home
  • The physical health of each parent and mental health
  • The emotional bond between both parents and their child
  • The child’s preference
  • Any evidence of parental mistreatments, such as signs of abuse, neglect, or substance use in the home 

Contact a Llano County Child Custody Lawyer

If you are a parent getting divorced, you are likely concerned about what the divorce will mean for your children’s lives and what your relationship with your children will be like once the divorce is finalized. We understand that this may be a stressful time for you. However, know that you are not alone. Whether you are seeking sole managing conservatorship or joint managing conservatorship, the skilled Marble Falls child custody attorneys at Law Office of Russ Alan Baker, PLLC are here to help you every step. To schedule a comprehensive consultation, call 325-216-2006 today.



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