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Ellis County Custody & Visitation Attorneys

How Custody & Parenting Time are Determined

Child custody and visitation issues are top priorities and main concerns among divorcing parents. Where will the children live? Who will make decisions? McCarty-Larson, PLLC represents families in child custody and visitation matters. If you need a child custody and visitation attorney in Ellis County, Johnson County, or Tarrant County, contact our law firm for assistance.

Questions about child custody and visitation? Call (972) 843-7456 to discuss your situation with an attorney.

Types of Child Custody

There are two types of custody that the court will address: legal and physical custody. Legal custody is the rights and responsibilities of making decisions for the children, such as where they attend school, religious instruction, and other decisions. Physical custody describes where the children will live. It is not uncommon for the judge to award joint legal custody, meaning that both parents will make the decisions, but sole physical custody to one parent.

The types of custody that may be awarded include:

  • Joint legal custody, meaning that both parents make decisions for the children
  • Sole legal custody, which allows one parent to make these decisions
  • Joint physical custody, in which the child spends parent of the time living with each parent
  • Sole physical custody, where the child lives primarily with one parent
  • The non-custodial parent is awarded visitation

Several factors are considered by the court when making decisions regarding custody. The relationship between each parent and the child, the work schedules, best interests of the child, and other issues are used to determine the most suitable situation for each child. The distance between the parents’ homes may also be a factor, especially when considering joint physical custody. In the end, the court always attempts to make decisions that are deemed to be in the child’s best interest.

Child Visitation

The non-custodial parent will be awarded visitation with the child. Unless abuse is a factor, the court attempts to support and encourage the child’s relationship with both parents. The non-custodial parent may expect to receive overnight visits on weekends, weekday visits, and extended visits in the summer and during school breaks. The specific schedule may vary, depending on the schedules of the family members and needs of the child. Your Ellis County custody and visitation attorneys can offer advice for your situation.

Give us a call today at (972) 843-7456 for a case evaluation with an attorney.

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