Denton Child Custody Attorney
At the Law Office of Lindsey J. Wilson, we believe that the best interests of the child should be at the forefront of every parenting plan. “Bests interests of the child” is the legal standard that Texas courts use when determining custody cases (Texas Family Code §263.307). However, it’s not always easy to determine what exactly is in a child’s best interest. Parents may be at odds regarding their children’s healthcare or education. Residential issues are another major factor. One parent might believe the child is better off living with them most of the time. The other parent may disagree and believe custody should be evenly split. Separated parents frequently disagree on this very issue, and this can be one of the most contested issues in a divorce.
The Law Office of Lindsey J. Wilson can work with you and your family to resolve custody issues. Our team wants to help you through this difficult time. Every case is different, and we’ll treat yours with the care and attention it deserves. Our child custody lawyer will thoroughly evaluate your case to develop a holistic understanding of your precise situation, then pursue a resolution that preserves your parental rights and protects the best interests of your child.
Contact our office today to discuss your case with a child custody attorney in Denton. In addition to Denton County, we also serve McKinney, Frisco, and Collin County.
Types of Custody
Texas courts recognize two broad child custody arrangements—“joint” and “sole” custody. Sole custody grants full physical custody and major decision-making authority to only one parent. Major decisions address the child’s healthcare, schooling, religious upbringing, and ex-curricular activities. Exclusive physical custody means the child lives exclusively with the sole custody parent. The other parent has visitation rights.
Sole custody is typically granted only in cases of severe child abuse and/or domestic violence cases. The more common custody option is joint custody. This means that the parents split physical custody of their child. In other words, the child lives part-time with both parents. Parents split decision-making authority, as well. In some shared parenting arrangements, children spend equal amounts of time at each residence; however, there are several ways that joint custody arrangements can look.
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Courts determine the “best interests of the child” by evaluating a number of related factors:
- Where the child will feel most stable (living in the same house, attending the same school, and/or living near their friends)
- Whether the parent can devote enough time to their child and satisfy their needs (financially, physically, and emotionally)
- How living arrangements will affect the child’s relationships with their sister(s) and/or brother(s) (having primary residences in the same or different homes)
- The child’s preferences (especially for children 12 years or older)
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