A pivotal part of divorce is settling on a custody arrangement for any children involved. Unless there is evidence of parental misconduct—such as neglect, drug abuse, or domestic violence— between a divorcing couple, Texas courts generally favor an outcome that allows both parents equal responsibility over any children. Joint managing conservatorship means that both parents are allowed to make decisions, sign medical releases, and share in all of the responsibilities of bringing up the child. Assuming equal exposure to both parents is in the best interest of the child, both parents can make legal decisions in this arrangement while the child lives predominantly with one parent.
Concerning child custody arrangements, legal issues abound. Although joint custody gives both parents equal rights and responsibilities over the child, it does not necessarily mean the child will spend equal time with the parents. Working through the specifics of joint custody can very quickly turn complicated, but having thorough representation moving forward can create an ideal outcome that pleases both you and your former spouse. At Kirker Davis LLP, our joint custody attorneys can walk you through what this arrangement entails, how you can secure enough time with your child, and how you can amend the arrangement moving forward if the need arises.
In determining the type of custody a divorcing couple will have over a child, the court considers the emotional and physical needs of the child, the child’s wishes, and the ability of each parent to provide for the child. Other questions likely to arise in court include:
A joint custody arrangement can always be revised if circumstances change. It is also possible to appeal a court’s decision if proceedings do not end the way you hoped they would.
Child custody is an emotionally charged issue and can be contentious for disagreeing spouses. While this can be a cause of stress, obtaining skilled counsel can make all the difference in making the legal aspects of your divorce as stress-free as possible. If you are in the middle of a divorce and must make child custody arrangements, don’t hesitate to contact the joint custody attorneys at Kirker Davis LLP for support and guidance in your case. Our legal team works to pursue the interests of our clients and can support you throughout the complexities of divorce. Reach out to our Austin offices by calling (512) 598-0010 today.