Child custody can be a complex and emotional issue for parents going through a divorce or separation. As a parent, you want what’s best for your child, but understanding the legal aspects of child custody can be overwhelming. In this blog, we’ll provide a comprehensive guide to understanding child custody laws in Texas and offer tips for navigating the process.
Types of Child Custody in Texas
In Texas, there are two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right to make important decisions about your child’s upbringing, such as their education, medical care, and religious upbringing. Physical custody refers to where the child lives and who they spend time with on a day-to-day basis.
Sole Custody vs. Joint Custody
When it comes to child custody, there are two options: sole custody and joint custody. Sole custody means that one parent has legal and physical custody of the child, while the other parent has limited or no contact with the child. Joint custody means that both parents share legal and physical custody of the child, and the child spends time with each parent on a regular basis.
Factors Considered in Child Custody Cases
When determining child custody, the court considers the best interests of the child. Factors that may be considered include:
- The child’s age and gender
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- The child’s needs and preferences
- Each parent’s ability to provide for the child’s needs
- Each parent’s mental and physical health
- Any history of abuse or neglect
Tips for Navigating Child Custody
Although every child custody case is different, there are some basic rules to keep in mind whenever you're navigating this process. Here are some tips for going through the child custody process in Texas:
1. Put your child’s needs first: Remember that the goal of child custody is to ensure that your child is safe and well-cared for. Put your child’s needs first and try to work with your ex-spouse to create a parenting plan that benefits your child.
2. Hire an experienced family law attorney: An experienced family law attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and guide you through the child custody process.
3. Communicate with your ex-spouse: Communication is key when it comes to child custody. Try to communicate openly and respectfully with your ex-spouse to create a parenting plan that works for everyone.
4. Follow the court’s orders: Once a child custody order has been issued, it’s important to follow it. Failure to comply with a court order can result in legal consequences.
Cofer & Connelly, PLLC Is Here for Your Family
Child custody can be a difficult and emotional issue for parents, but understanding the legal aspects of child custody can make the process easier. If you’re going through a divorce or separation and need help with child custody, Cofer & Connelly, PLLC is here for you. Our experienced family law attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options and guide you through the child custody process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.