Most people, even some lawyers, use the word “custody” to refer to a parent’s rights regarding a child after a divorce or other legal action between non-married parents.
Considerations Regarding Child Custody In A Texas Divorce
While this is not an issue outside of the Family Law context, the use of the term “child custody” often leads to confusion when discussing the possibility of a divorce with your spouse or the end of a committed relationship between non-married parents. The reason for the confusion is that “child custody” is not a defined term in the Texas Family Code. In legal matters involving children, it is important that everyone involved use the proper terms having specific legal definitions and meanings.
The Two Main Legal Decisions To Be Made In Regards To Texas Child Custody
At a very simplistic and non-legal level, parents have two “rights” with respect to their child or children. One of these is the right to make decisions for a child. The other is the right to spend time with a child.
The right to make decisions for a child is referred to by the Texas Family Code and Family Law lawyers as “conservatorship” or “rights, powers, and duties”. The right to spend time with a child is referred to as “possession” or “access”. Using these terms when you discuss with your co-parent the intent to file a divorce or end a relationship will better prepare you to inform your lawyer what you are desire for your children at the end of the legal process.
Do You Need The Help Of A Caring Texas Child Custody Lawyer?
If you are concerned about the future of your children before, during or after a Texas divorce or separation you need to speak with an experienced child custody lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Texas family law office directly at 214.501.5789 to schedule your free consultation with our child custody attorneys. With a total of over 70 years of experience in Texas family law our lawyers are committed to helping our clients work towards the best outcome for their children.