Child Custody Lawyers in Angleton
Helping Clients Create Sound Parenting Plans
Legal issues that concern minor children are often emotionally challenging and legally complex. The state of Texas takes these matters seriously and rules in favor of what would be in the child’s best interests. At Bass & Tigner, P.C., our Angleton custody attorneys understand this and can help you work with the other parent of your child to create an arrangement that works for all parties involved.
In Texas, there are two separate types of custody. The first, called conservatorship, allows the parents to make important decisions on the child’s behalf. For example, if a child needs a surgery to remedy a medical condition, the parents would need to agree on this surgery before it could be performed.
The second type is known as "possession and access." This type of custody governs the quality time a parent has with their child. Possession and access can also govern where the child spends the majority of their time.
How Is Child Custody Determined in Angleton?
The court determines how to divide conservatorship and possession and access based on a standard that takes the child’s best interests into account. This standard considers:
- The current relationship each parent has with the child
- The capacity of each parent to provide a stable home as well as food, clothing, and medical care
- The mental and physical health of each parent
- The mental and physical health of the child
- The community around each parent’s residence
After the court has considered the above factors, they then consider how the parents will divide custody. Commonly, one parent may receive sole custody of the child or both parents will receive joint custody.
What Is the Difference Between Joint and Sole Custody?
After the court has considered the above factors, they then consider how the parents will divide custody.
Commonly, one parent may receive sole custody of the child or both parents will receive joint custody:
- Joint Custody: Joint custody occurs when the court decides that both parents share possession and access and/or conservatorship. How the parents divide parenting time depends on their individual schedules as well as the best interests standard.
- Sole Custody: Sole custody occurs when the court determines one parent responsible for conservatorship, possession and access, or both.
It’s possible for parents to share joint possession and access while one parent has sole conservatorship and vice versa. These situations arise if one parent is considered unfit to properly care for or make decisions on behalf of the child.
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When you choose to work with Bass & Tigner, P.C., you are choosing to work with an Angleton child custody attorney who will protect your rights and interests.