Child Custody Lawyers in Central Texas
When making custody and visitation decisions, the courts base their decisions on a doctrine known as the best interest of the child. To determine what is in the best interest of the child, the court will take into consideration a number of factors, including the following:
- The age of the child and their gender
- The current physical and mental health
- The stability of the home environment
- The health of the parents (both physical and mental)
- The love and emotional attachments between the parent and child
- The ability of the parent to provide for the child financially
- The lifestyle of the parents
- The quality of the schools that the child will attend
- The child’s preference if the child is at least twelve years old
Once these issues have been sorted out, the court will enter an order known as the Visitation & Standard Possession Order (SPO). The SPO spells out in detail the rights and duties of the parent(s) and addresses issues such as custody, child support, visitation, medical insurance, schooling, etc. The child custody lawyers at Zinda Law Group know the law surrounding custody decisions and can help you protect the best interests of your child.
Types of Custody
The law that governs all family law is known as the Texas Family Code. This Code favors the granting of access to the child to both parents whenever child custody matters are decided. In doing so, there are several types of legal custody that can come into play including sole legal, joint, bird’s nest custody, and visitation.
- Sole legal custody – Under sole legal custody, one parent has exclusive custody is given to one parent and is responsible for all of the decisions concerning their child. The other parent may be given defined rights of visitation and support, but they are not given any authority in the decision making.
- Joint custody – Under joint custody, both parents are responsible for making decisions concerning their child. They don’t necessarily have the same rights for decision making or the same physical (equal) custody of the child, but they are both given decision making power and some form of custody.
- Bird’s nest custody – Under bird’s nest custody, the child lives in a central location and the parents rotate in and out of the home on a mutually agreed upon schedule.
- Visitation – The non-custodial parent is allowed temporary custody to see the child on a mutually agreed upon schedule or in accordance with the Standard Possession Order. Parental visitation issued by the court. Visitation can take many forms including unsupervised, supervised, and virtual.
Let Zinda Law Group Handle Your Custody Issues
Texas law favors the granting of access to the child to both parents since it is usually in the best interests of the child to have an ongoing relationship with both parents. If you have been denied access to your child or would like to change your custody arrangement, the caring and compassionate family law attorneys at Zinda Law Group are here to help you. We have many years of experience in child custody matters, child support and visitation issues. Call us today to speak with an attorney at (800) 863-5312.