A Texas Child Custody Case Can Result in Different Custody Types Being Awarded
In a Texas child custody case, there are a number of issues surrounding the well being of the child. Usually, the central issue is who will take care of the child on a daily basis. There are several ways that courts can divide time between parents.
Physical custody is basically a question of where will the child live. In some cases where both parents live in the same area, a judge will award joint physical custody, and the child will spend large amounts of time with both parents. In cases in which one parent lives far away, one parent will usually be granted sole physical custody, and the other parent will receive visitation rights.
Legal custody is a question of who will make decisions on the child’s behalf. If both parents are fit to make those types of decisions, joint physical custody is appropriate.
However, in cases in which one parent is determined to be incapable of caring for the child or making decisions for the child, a court can grant sole custody. Sole custody can be granted when there are allegations of abuse on the part of one parent, a history of drug or alcohol abuse, or even cases in which one parent has a new partner who is deemed unfit. In those cases, supervised visits may be necessary to ensure the safety and best interests of the child.
Legal and physical custody are part of a much larger parenting plan that takes into account the complex issues surrounding a child’s future. (insert link to A Texas Child Custody Case Involves a Parenting Plan and a Richardson Attorney Can Help Part A)
A Texas Child Custody Case May Require a Richardson Attorney
In Richardson, a child custody attorney from the Law Firm of Warren and Migliaccio can help guide you through the difficult issues surrounding a child’s future. Call today for help at 1-888-584-9614.