How Does the Judge Decide Custody Issues in Texas?

When the parents of a minor child decide to end their marriage, or were never married at all, custody and visitation arrangements for the child must be made. Ideally, the parents are able to reach an agreement outside of the court, thereby avoiding costly and time consuming litigation. If, however, the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the court will have to intervene. If you are concerned that you and your child’s other parent will be unable to reach an agreement without the court’s intervention you undoubtedly want to know how the judge will decide custody issues in Texas. Although every situation is unique, there are some common factors a court will typically consider when making custody decisions in the State of Texas. In the State of Texas, “custody” of a minor child is actually referred to as “conservatorship.” Just as other states recognize two types of custody (physical and legal), Texas also acknowledges the role of “managing” conservator and the role


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