Child Custody and Visitation
The most precious assets in a divorce are the children. While some parents will reach an agreement to the custody and visitation of the children, some parents will not be able to reach an agreement. Absent an agreement between the parties involved, the Court will issue an order based on what the Court determines is in the best interest of the child. Several factors are considered in this decision.
Courts tend to favor joint conservatorship (joint custody) of the children. This does not necessarily mean that each parent will get an equal amount of time with their children. It merely means that each parent may have an equal say on major decisions regarding the children’s welfare, such as medical or educational decisions. Although joint conservatorship is favored, if it is in the best interest of the child the court may order sole conservatorship.
If the parties cannot agree on a visitation schedule the Texas Family Code presumes that it is in the best interest of the child to enter a “Standard Possession Schedule”. This schedule permits for weekend visitation, a couple of hours on one weeknight, alternating holiday visitation and summer visitation. When possible the parties should try to establish a visitation schedule that fits their individual needs and works well for both parties and the children involved.
At the Law Office of Tesa Jackson – Michael, we make it our priority to assist our clients in every step of the process. Contact our office to assist you with your child custody and visitation matters.
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