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Child custody is often the most stressful and emotional issue that parents face during a divorce and its aftermath. At Burrows Law Group, our child custody attorneys appreciate this fact and are here to help. We have extensive experience helping clients navigate this difficult terrain and work toward a fair and equitable resolution that advances their children’s best interests.

In addition to educating parents about child custody laws in Texas, the family law attorneys at Burrows Law Group are well versed in providing professional legal assistance concerning:

Types of Custody in Texas

Texas’ legal terminology concerning custody differs slightly from that of other states. In the Lone Star State, we call child custody “conservatorship” and refer to parents as “custodians.”

With child custody laws in Texas, there are two types of conservatorships:

  • Joint managing conservatorship (i.e., JMC)
  • Sole managing conservatorship (i.e., SMC)

Be that as it may, these terms refer only to a custodian’s authority to participate in decisions affecting the child’s health, education, religious upbringing, and general welfare. An order calling for a JMC or SMC does not comment on where the child will reside, commonly called physical custody. Courts decide physical custody and visitation (sometimes called “parenting time”) in a separate “possession order” (i.e., PO). Your PO lays out the schedule for “possession,” referring to when a parent provides a residence for the child, and “access,” which covers the parenting time schedule for a noncustodial parent.

Courts tend to favor JMCs when both parents are responsible and engaged for their child(ren)’s welfare. Courts can fashion POs to meet the specific needs of the parents and children or approve specially tailored POs the parents can agree upon.

If both parents happen to be deceased, unfit, or not present, then third party custody may be awarded to:

  • An individual that has been caring for the child(ren) for the past 6 months
  • The closest living relative

If you feel that you should be awarded third party custody, you may have to file a lawsuit. This is where we come in. Call our child custody lawyers in Denton County today.

Custody Factors Texas Family Court Considers

When navigating child custody issues, the guiding principle for a family law court in Texas is the best interest of the child.

The court considers several factors in this endeavor, which include:

  • The parents’ ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child.
  • The parents’ willingness to accept custody and any history of unwillingness to allow parenting time not based on substantiated abuse.
  • The interaction and relationship of the child with parents and siblings.
  • The history of domestic violence, if any.
  • The safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent.
  • The preference of the child when he or she is of sufficient age and capacity to reason to form an intelligent decision.
  • The needs of the child.
  • The stability of the home environment offered.
  • The quality and continuity of the child’s education.
  • The fitness of the parents.
  • The geographical proximity of the parents’ homes.
  • The extent and quality of the time spent with the child prior to or after the separation.
  • The parents’ employment responsibilities.
  • The age and number of the children.

What Rights Does a Father Have in Texas?

In regards to child custody, a father has just as many rights as the mother as long as the following conditions are met:

  • Paternity has been established - this can be done several ways, the easiest being that you are married to the mother of the child and presumed to be the father once the child is born.
  • You are "fit" to parent - while this also applies to the mother, being ruled unfit by a judge can severely impact your custody and visitation rights. False allegations against you can bear heavy consequences to whomever made the claim.

If you are unmarried and have yet to establish paternity, then you will not be able to make critical decisions for your child such as where they will go to school, what healthcare options they will have, etc. Safeguard your rights by retaining our services today.

Contact Our Child Custody Attorneys for Help with Your Dispute

Our child custody attorneys work diligently to achieve your goals for custody so you can maintain a loving relationship with your children. So, if you need legal counsel for a custody dispute during or after divorce, we encourage you to contact a certified family law specialist at Burrows Law Group.

We are prepared to help with dedicated and highly personal legal services. Request your consultation by calling (972) 236-7798 or completing our online form today.

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