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Child Custody Lawyers

Stinson Moyle, PLLC, is an experienced family law firm. Our Texas board-certified family lawyers are prepared to advise you about every aspect of your child custody case. One of the most sensitive subjects to deal with is how the end of your relationship will impact your children. Where will they live? How often will you see them? There are many questions surrounding custody, and our firm is able to help you find answers that work best for you and your children.

Court orders regarding child custody typically govern until the children turn 18 years of age. However, if a child has any physical or mental disability, the court's jurisdiction can be extended.

Texas Child Custody Arrangements

Generally, Texas courts presume that it is in children's best interests for both parents to be involved in their children's lives; that leads to many parents being named Joint Managing Conservators. In this arrangement, major parenting decisions may be shared, but one parent is usually given authority by the court to determine a child's primary residence. That parent with the right to determine primary residence is legally known as the Managing Conservator. The other parent is legally known as the Possessory Conservator (indicating that the parent has possession of and access to the children at certain times).

The Managing Conservator's right to determine primary residence is usually limited by a geographic restriction specified in court orders. Usually, courts prefer children to remain in the county of Texas where they lived before the lawsuit or in the surrounding counties.

In certain cases, one parent might be appointed as the Sole Managing Conservator. A Sole Managing Conservator would have the sole right to make major parenting decisions for the children. Depending upon the circumstances, there would still be visitation (possibly supervised) with the other parent, who is still referred to as the Possessory Conservator.

The Standard Possession Order in Texas

Parents are free to agree upon virtually any visitation arrangement, but a Standard Possession Order (SPO) is presumed to be in the best interest of the child. The SPO sets out specific days and times when each parent has possession of and access to their child. An Expanded SPO allows the Possessory Conservator to elect alternate possession times to expand those periods of visitation to coordinate with the child's school day rather than using the SPO's 6 p.m. beginning and ending time.

Other possession schedules include split possession (some children live with one parent, some children live with the other parent) and 50/50 possession schedules (children live with one parent for a block of time, then with the other parent). However, these arrangements are not as common.

The Texas board-certified family law attorneys at Stinson Moyle, PLLC, provide strong advocacy to assist you in all aspects of child custody cases and will provide you with the legal guidance that your family needs.

Contact us today regarding your situation and how our representation can help you with your custody case.

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