How Is Child Custody Determined?

One of the most trying parts of divorce is when you must split your time with your children.

Our attorneys are experienced in child custody cases, and will listen to your goals for you and your children moving forward after divorce. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate representation for our clients, and always being available to answer your questions.

The Difference Between Joint And Sole Custody

If you have questions about child custody or custody modification, our lawyers at Scott, McNeill, Burney & Kruse, PLLC, will guide you. Under Texas law, child custody cases start out with the assumption that naming both parents joint custodians is in the best interest of the child. Custody is about more than having your residence as the child's primary home. It also gives you the ability to make decisions on behalf of a child and be the person who is legally responsible for the child. A judge also can deem one person the sole custodian if the other parent has a history of violence, addiction or neglect.

There are two ways to handle the determination of child custody. If you and your ex can agree on a plan, we will then take it to a family law judge to approve. If an agreement cannot be reached, then the judge will make a determination based on what he or she sees as being in the best interest of the child. We will be a strong advocate for you in court.

If you are granted sole custody of your child but a judge allows visitation for the other parent, then you will need legal help with setting a schedule for a parent to visit their child.

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