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Child Custody

East Texas Child Custody Lawyer

Establishing a Workable Visitation & Parenting Plan

Are you in a custody battle that you're afraid you're not going to win? Child custody, now known as time-sharing, is one of the most contested issues in divorce or paternity cases, especially when you have multiple children.

If you would like to have a knowledgeable, compassionate, and resourceful legal team on your side during this difficult time, you have come to the right place. We handle cases all over East Texas.

At The Law Offices of Milissa C. Barrick, P.C., we truly care about our clients and the outcome of their cases. We know that this can be a stressful experience for everyone involved, and when we are retained in a divorce or a child custody case, we go the extra mile to ensure that our clients feel cared for.

Our East Texas child custody lawyer can help you put together a parenting plan that you and your spouse can agree on. Child custody and visitation are not simple matters. We can help you understand the different types of child custody and what you can expect.

East Texas Child Custody Lawyer

There are two types of child custody in Texas: Sole Custody and Joint Custody.

Sole Custody is where one parent has Sole Physical Custody and/or Sole Legal Custody of the child(ren).
Sole Physical Custody is where the child(ren) reside(s) with one parent who is responsible for the daily care of the child(ren). The other parent may have visitation rights. A parent with Sole Physical Custody usually has Sole Legal Custody as well.
Sole Legal Custody is where one parent has the sole authority, responsibility, and duty to make all decisions for his or her child(ren).

Joint Custody is where both parents share physical and/or legal custody of the child(ren). Here, one parent is named the Primary Joint Custodian and the other parent is granted visitation rights. Such arrangement provides the child(ren) with some stability so that the child(ren) can have a primary residence, school, and a primary physician. In certain circumstances, the courts allow for a Rotating Physical Custody whereby the child(ren) spend equal time with both parents. However, such arrangement is disfavored by the courts and is only allowed in limited situations.

InTexas, a “custody agreement” is called a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a binding document that governs the relationship between the parents pertaining to the decisions to be made concerning their child(ren).

Texas child custody laws are designed to favor the best interests of the child in accordance with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and require divorcing parents to create a parenting plan that includes:

How you and the other parent will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of your child.
The time-sharing schedule arrangements that show the time your child will spend with each of you (weekdays, weekends, holidays, etc.)

A designation of who will be responsible for health care, school related matters (including which address will be used for school-boundary determination and registration), and other activities.

The methods and technologies (eg. phone calls, texts, emails, etc.) that each of you will use to communicate with your child, and the frequency of such communication.

DISCLAIMER: The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters, and electronic mail. Click here for full disclaimer.