Determining Child Custody in Texas

Going through a divorce brings a vast array of changes to a person’s life. One of the things people often find most difficult to face is the idea that they will have to divide their time with their children with their spouses, instead of having the children all of the time as they are accustomed. In some cases, parents cannot agree on how to share time with the children and the court needs to make a child custody decision.

Types of Custody

Texas uses unique terminology not found in other states for the types of custody arrangements that parents can have. Instead of calling it “custody,” Texas law refers to “conservatorships.” The three options for conservatorships are:

Best Interest of the Child

The law directs the court to base its child custody decisions on the best interests of the children involved. The court presumes that a joint managing conservatorship is appropriate, unless a parent provides evidence to the contrary. The court does not automatically favor one parent over the other when making custody decisions.

Some of the factors a court weighs when determining a child’s best interests include:

Talk to a Fort Worth TX Lawyer

Child custody battles can be emotionally-charged and difficult to handle alone. Parents with questions about child custody should consult an adept family lawyer who can discuss their situations and offer counsel.