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In Texas, child custody is called "conservatorship." and is used to describe the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent.
When deciding on child custody questions, Texas family courts start with the presumption that both parents have equal rights to custody and that shared custody will benefit the child.
However, the court can then examine many factors to determine if shared custody is, in fact, in the best interests of the child.
If you are preparing for a custody battle...
you may have a lot of questions...
A skilled lawyer can guide you through the complexities of child custody laws.
What factors do courts consider under the state's custody laws?
Some of the factors considered by the courts under the state’s custody law include the following:
The safety and health of the child, including whether one parent has a history of violence, crime, or alcohol or illegal drug abuse.
The child’s preference of where they want to live, if the child is mature enough to understand the situation and decide.
Child's Preference of Location
Whether each parent will encourage a healthy and ongoing relationship between the child and the other parent or whether one parent may attempt to interfere with the other parent’s contact and relationship with the child.
Whether each parent has the willingness and ability to provide a continuous and stable environment for the child.
The geographic location of the home of each parent and the location of the child’s siblings.
Proximity to Family
Agreeing to a Custody and Visitation Arrangement
It is always best when two parents sit down and agree on an arrangement for custody of their child.
An experienced child custody lawyer can help facilitate productive negotiations so that you can have more control over your custody agreement whenever possible.
If you cannot agree, however, the court will make the decision for you.
We are committed to zealously working to find the solution that is best for you and your family.
Like any other matter in court, it is important to have the help and representation of a skilled lawyer who understands the relevant laws in Texas.