Joint Child Custody in Texas

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How Does it Work?

Inevitably in all divorces where children are involved, decisions must be made regarding their living situation. When it comes to divorce in Texas, the Lone Star state prefers arrangements that allow children to have a relationship with both parents, also known as “joint custody.”

But first and foremost, Texas Child Custody laws side with the child – their wellbeing is of the utmost of importance and will be given careful consideration. Numerous details will need to be addressed. How often will each parent see the child, when can they see them, and where? These are just a few of the important aspects our clients here in the Fort Worth area have to weigh as they go through the divorce process.

The emotional needs, potential for physical danger, parenting ability, stability of the home, and the child’s wishes will all be judiciously evaluated by the court before decisions can be made.

What is Joint Custody in Texas?

In Texas, joint child custody may be distributed between divorcing parents in many different ways. Because of the variety of joint custody arrangements that may be made, there are a lot of specifics that are important to establish as you’re going through divorce proceedings.

In our experience, there isn’t always a simple solution to joint custody. A reputable child custody divorce attorney can be crucial to helping you navigate these murky waters.

Parenting Time Division in Joint Custody

Texas law specifies that joint custody doesn’t always mean equal custody. The amount of custodial time, access, duties, and the parental rights that may be assigned under joint child custody arrangements in Texas may vary from case to case.

There are two different forms of custody, or conservatorship, rights given to parents in Texas.

  • Managing Conservatorship – This arrangement allows a parent to make legal decisions, such as which school or church to attend, as well as the power to make financial and medical decisions for the child.
  • Possessory Conservatorship – This custody type gives a parent the right to access and visit, but not always the authority to make legal decisions for the child.

Creative Custody – Customizing Your Arrangement to Fit Your Needs

In Texas, there are a variety of customization options available to facilitate an optimal custody arrangement.  Joint custody arrangements that are heavily personalized help balance the needs of the children while considering the desires of the parents. While such custom arrangements may add some complexity to the process, these arrangements are often beneficial to the family.

We have helped a few of our clients come up with many scenarios of creative custody arrangements. For example, if one parent is a police officer, firefighter, doctor, active duty military, or an oilfield worker, a rigid custody schedule might not work. So our Fort Work Child Custody attorneys work to develop a schedule that reflects the reality of a family’s busy life.

Texas child custody attorneys can provide advice and information to divorcing parents who have questions about joint custody arrangements or other aspects of child custody law.

Here at the Sisemore Law Firm in Fort Worth, our Texas child custody lawyers know how important our clients’ children are to them and are committed to the most vital interests of both our clients and their children during a divorce or separation. Contact us for a consultation with a lawyer to determine your legal needs.