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The basics of child custody

There are two main ways in which a Texas parent can have custody of a child. The term legal custody refers to a parent who is responsible for making decisions related to a child's health, education and welfare. If a parent has physical custody of a child, then the child lives with that parent.

It is possible for a parent to have sole or joint custody of a child. If a parent has sole legal custody, then he or she alone can make decisions related to the child's welfare. When parents have sole physical custody, the kids will primarily live with that person. If parents have joint or alternating arrangements, mothers and fathers may both play a role in making decisions for the child. Depending on what the parenting plan looks like, the child may live with either parent.

It is important to note that joint custody doesn't necessarily mean equal possession. Joint can be defined by the parents or a judge if a formal ruling must be made. In some cases, the children are the ones who stay put while the parents move between the marital home and their own residences. This variation of joint custody, known as bird's nesting, can help to provide stability for the children as they don't have to move on a regular basis.

After a divorce, both parents are generally allowed to be involved in their children's lives. This is generally considered to be in the children's best interests, which tends to be the top priority in custody matters. Parents who are interested in retaining or maximizing their custody rights may wish to consult with an attorney.

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