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Child custody can be one of the most emotionally charged and complex issues in a divorce or separation. In Texas, the court considers the child’s best interests when determining custody and access arrangements.

Understanding Child Custody In Texas

There are two types of custody in Texas: physical and legal. Physical custody refers to where the child lives. In contrast, legal custody refers to the right to decide about the child’s upbringing, such as education and health care. Joint physical custody is possible, but it is not common. It requires both parents to agree on and communicate essential decisions regarding the child’s care. Joint legal custody is more common and tends to be favored by the court.

When negotiating child custody during a divorce, parents must prioritize the child’s best interests and be flexible and cooperative with each other. It is also essential for parents to understand their rights and obligations under Texas law. If the parents are unable to reach an agreement, the court will make a custody and support determination based on the evidence presented and the best interests of the child.

Getting The Support You Need

With over 20 years of experience as a family law attorney, I can help you navigate the child custody process and protect your rights and interests. I can help you understand your options and obligations, negotiate with the other parent or the court, and advocate for you and your child.

It is also essential to remember that you can modify your agreement if circumstances change, such as a change in either parent’s work schedule or a move to a different location. As a family lawyer, I can also assist with modifying a custody order.

Frequently Asked Questions About Child Custody In Texas

Who gets custody of children in Texas?

The court considers various factors, including the parent’s ability to provide a stable home, the child’s relationships with each parent, the child’s needs and the child’s preferences, if old enough.

How can I modify child custody in Texas?

In Texas, you can modify a child custody order if there is a significant and material change in circumstances affecting the child’s best interests. The change must be more than a temporary inconvenience or a minor change in circumstances. Examples of significant changes include:

  • A change in work schedule
  • A move to a different location
  • Evidence of child abuse or neglect

To modify a child custody order, you must file a petition with the court and provide evidence of the change in circumstances.

How long does a child custody case take in Texas?

The length of a child custody case in Texas varies depending on several factors, including the case’s complexity, the parties’ willingness to reach a settlement and the court’s schedule. A child custody case can take several months to a year or more to resolve. If the parties can reach a custody agreement, the process may be quicker. However, if the case goes to trial, it may take longer to resolve.

Get Child Custody Support Today

With over two decades of experience, I can help you negotiate child custody and help seek your child’s best interests. To schedule your free consultation with Hutson Law, use the online form or call 469-899-3391.