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Child custody and visitation issues are top priorities and main concerns among divorcing parents. Where will the children live? Who will make decisions? McCarty-Larson, PLLC represents families in child custody and visitation matters. If you need a child custody lawyer in Texas contact our law firm for assistance.
Types of Child Custody
There are two types of custody that the court will address: legal and physical custody. Legal custody is the rights and responsibilities of making decisions for the children, such as where they attend school, religious instruction, and other decisions. Physical custody describes where the children will live. It is not uncommon for the judge to award joint legal custody, meaning that both parents will make the decisions, but sole physical custody to one parent.
The types of custody that may be awarded include:
- NJoint legal custody, meaning that both parents make decisions for the children
- NSole legal custody, which allows one parent to make these decisions
- NJoint physical custody, in which the child spends parent of the time living with each parent
- NSole physical custody, where the child lives primarily with one parent
- NThe non-custodial parent is awarded visitation
Several factors are considered by the court when making decisions regarding custody. The relationship between each parent and the child, the work schedules, the best interests of the child, and other issues are used to determine the most suitable situation for each child. The distance between the parents’ homes may also be a factor, especially when considering joint physical custody. In the end, the court always attempts to make decisions that are deemed to be in the child’s best interest.
The non-custodial parent will be awarded visitation with the child. Unless abuse is a factor, the court attempts to support and encourage the child’s relationship with both parents. The non-custodial parent may expect to receive overnight visits on weekends, weekday visits, and extended visits in the summer and during school breaks. The specific schedule may vary, depending on the schedules of the family members and the needs of the child. Your custody and visitation attorneys can offer advice for your situation.
Contact us to set up your initial child custody consultation. It is important to use a competent child custody lawyer to navigate the process. Feel free to use the form to request a free consultation or call our office during regular business hours.
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