Thoughtful Legal Representation For Child Custody Matters In Texas
At the Law Office of David A. Kazen, we understand that child custody matters can be some of the most emotionally charged and complex issues in family law. Our compassionate legal team is here to help you navigate the legal system and protect the best interests of your children.
How Courts Decide Custody Agreements In Texas
Regarding child custody, Texas courts make decisions based on the child’s best interests. This means that the court will consider a variety of factors when making a custody determination, including:
- The child’s age, gender and overall health
- The emotional and physical needs of the child
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child
- Each parent’s past involvement in the child’s life
- The stability of each parent’s home environment
- The child’s preferences, if they are old enough to express them
- Any history of family violence or substance abuse by either parent
In many situations, courts will attempt to award custody to both parents as long as it is in the child’s best interests.
Types Of Custody Agreements
In Texas, there are two types of custody agreements: physical custody and legal custody.
- Physical Custody – Physical custody refers to where the child lives on a day-to-day basis. The parent with physical custody is responsible for providing for the child’s basic needs and making day-to-day decisions about the child’s care.
- Legal Custody – Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make important decisions about the child’s upbringing, such as where the child goes to school, what medical treatments the child receives and what religion the child practices.
It is important to consider the type of custody you seek as you go through the divorce process. In some cases, the type of custody can have a significant impact on the relationship between you and your child.
Modifying Custody Agreements
Sometimes, circumstances change after creating a custody agreement, and it may be necessary to modify the agreement to better meet the child’s needs. Our firm can help you navigate the legal process to change your custody agreement and ensure that your child’s best interests are protected.
Schedule A Consultation
At the Law Office of David A. Kazen, we believe every family deserves compassionate and effective legal representation. We understand the emotional toll that child custody matters can take on families. To make an appointment in our Austin office call 512-982-0969 or contact us online.