Types of Child Custody
El Paso Family Law Attorney
Part of the divorce process for couples with children involves determining
child custody. Splitting up time between your children can be one of the
most difficult decisions to make. To have a better outcome, it is important
to understand the types of child custody available. If you are going through
a divorce and are concerned about your custody options, let an experienced
El Paso family law lawyer set you up for success.
When a parent is awarded sole custody of their children, it means they
are the only parent with the legal right to make decisions about the children.
Such decisions could include medical treatments, which school he or she
attends, and which afterschool activities to attend. A parent with sole
custody has the child living with them full-time, thus they are able to
make decisions about their child’s everyday needs.
Parents could choose a few options that fall under the umbrella of joint custody.
Joint Physical Custody: in this option, your children will have two residences where they spend
at least 35% of their time with each parent.
Joint Legal Custody: when parents decide they would like joint legal custody, the children have
one primary residence but both parents have legal right to share such
decisions as medical treatments, religious upbringing and schools the
Other Combinations: ultimately, as parents you decide what works for you, meaning you can
choose any combination of the above options of shared physical or shared
How Courts Award Custody
When determining custody the courts look very closely at each parent and
their ability to raise their children separately. If one parent is attempting
to win sole custody of the children and another is contesting the motion,
one parent must prove the other is unfit for parenthood. If both parents
are collaborating through the process and request to have join custody,
the courts will scrutinize this request thoroughly as both parents need
to be willing to work together and communicate to effectively have joint custody.
How We Can Help You
Family law matters can be extremely complex. When your future and your
children’s lives hang on the decision of a judge, you need to ensure
you hire an experienced
El Paso family law attorney to protect your rights.
Contact (915) 308-8850 to
schedule your first consultation today.