In the State of Texas, there are several options for child custody arrangements. Parents are most commonly awarded Joint Managing Conservatorship of the children. This means that they share all parenting rights and responsibilities equally. Joint Managing Conservatorship is presumed by the state to be in the best interests of the children. Although parenting rights and responsibilities are shared, one parent is appointed the Primary Joint Managing Conservator, or custodial parent. The custodial parent retains the right to determine the primary residence of the children.
Geographic residence restrictions will be outlined in the Final Decree of Divorce issued by the court. Often the custodial parent is required to reside in the county where the children lived prior to the divorce or the county where the divorce is pending. However, as a Georgetown divorce lawyer, I have seen the courts expand the geographic restriction to include neighboring counties if it is in the best interests of the children.
Divorce splits the bond between a husband and wife, and custody arrangements split the parenting. The entire process brings about great change for a family and can be very difficult for everyone involved. If you are in need of a divorce lawyer to assist you with your family law matters, contact the Todd Law Firm.