Most Texas parents who are divorced still have rights to their children. In some cases, one parent will be given sole legal or physical possession while the other is given access rights. However, it's also possible that parents will share possession in an effort to protect the child's best interests. Legal possession allows a parent to make important decisions, such as what religion a son or daughter is exposed to.
If a parent has physical possession, it means that the child lives with that parent on most days. However, it's possible that the noncustodial parent will be allowed to have overnight access. Sometimes, parents will engage in what is often called bird nesting. In such a scenario, the child remains in the same home and the exes rotate in and out on a regular basis.
Noncustodial parents can be assigned a number of different types of access rights. For instance, when parents and children live far apart from each other, they may interact online or through other virtual means. If there are safety concerns relating to a parent being around a child, access may be supervised or otherwise occur in a controlled setting.
The best interests of a child are the top priority when creating access or possession orders. In some cases, an access or possession order may be modified if circumstances warrant. This could occur if a parent moves farther away from a child or becomes abusive or neglectful of the child for any reason. An attorney can help a parent with the modification process.