Finding Healthy Solutions For You And Your Children
Family law attorney Brian Bagley has helped many families in Texas move toward a new chapter in their lives. When it comes to child custody, our firm understands how important your children are to you. We know this is a stressful time, and we are here to help.
Our firm is focused on providing services tailored to each family. We will explain your options in clear language so you can make an informed, positive decision for you and your children.
How Texas Courts Decide Child Custody
Child custody in Texas is called “conservatorship.” In general, courts prefer joint custody arrangements, as long as joint custody is in the child’s best interest. Studies have shown that children benefit from having both parents involved in their lives.
Courts consider a variety of factors when making custody decisions, including the child’s:
- Emotional and physical needs
- Relationship with each parent
- Preference to live with one parent
The judge will also consider each parent’s health and financial stability, as well as any history of neglect or abuse. In some situations, the grandparents may be considered for visitation time as well.
The Difference Between Legal And Physical Custody
When you are making custody arrangements, you might hear the terms “legal custody” and “physical custody” used. This stems from the fact that having custody of your child involves two sets of rights.
Legal custody refers to the ability to make important decisions about your child’s life. These might include deciding where they go to school, what kind of medical care they receive, and what extracurriculars they participate in.
Physical custody, on the other hand, describes where a child lives.
Legal and physical custody can be held and shared in a variety of creative ways after a divorce. At the Law Office of Brian Bagley, PLLC, we provide individualized guidance to help you find the best solution for you and your child.