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Child custody types greatly impact life for parents and children

Child custody is one of the most contentious areas of a divorce. Just last week, we discussed one possible child custody order -- sole custody. That is only one of the possibilities for a child custody arrangement. Parents who are facing a child custody battle should understand some of the different types of arrangements that are used in Texas.

First off, child custody isn't termed child custody in Texas. Instead, child custody is known as conservatorship. When a conservatorship is ordered, the judge will order one parent to be a possessory conservator. That parent is the one who doesn't have primary custody of the child. The managing conservatory is the parent who has primary custody of the child. The child lives primarily with the managing conservator.

It is important for parents to know that Texas generally favors joint conservatorships instead of sole conservatorships. Of course, there are exceptions to that preference. We can help you to determine how the preferences and laws in Texas might affect your child custody case.

We know that your goal is that your children grow up in a loving, stable environment. That is the same goal that the state has. We can help you to explore the options you have for custody of your child so that you know how you want to proceed with the child custody case.

In some cases, you and your child's other parent might be able to come up with an agreement. If that occurs, we can help you put the parenting agreement in writing to present to the court for final approval. That might make the process a bit easier on you and your child.

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