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Joint custody: Parenting together for the benefit of your kids

The end of a marriage is a complicated time for Texas families, and some parents may want to minimize the negative impact that this step can have on their kids. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to child custody and visitation matters, but many families find that joint custody works well and allows the kids to have strong relationships with both parents post-divorce.

Joint custody may not necessarily be the right choice for you, but it is an option you may find worth considering. For many parents, setting aside temporary emotions and working together for the benefit of the children is well worth the effort. Before you make any critical decisions regarding child custody, you may find it worthwhile to learn more about the benefits of joint custody.

The elements of a joint custody arrangement

Joint custody arrangements can differ from case to case, and you have the right to custom-tailor yours to suit your unique needs and objectives. In any joint custody arrangement, parents will have to address both legal custody and physical custody. The differences between these two elements are as follows:

  • Legal custody: Legal custody is the right that a parent has to make important decisions on behalf of a child. This includes decisions for religious upbringing, where the kids will go to school and more.
  • Joint custody: Joint custody refers to the actual time that a child will spend with his or her parent. This includes holidays, summer vacations and weekend visitation.

If you want to have a true joint custody arrangement, you and your spouse will share both legal and physical custody jointly. This does not always work for every family, but it is possible to still have a joint custody arrangement in which one parent retains full legal or physical custody rights while sharing the other.

Joint custody can work for your family

Joint custody is a custody choice that is growing in popularity as many families are acknowledging how the kids benefit when they have regular access to both parents. If you would like to learn more about this option, discuss what it could look like for your family or discover other legal possibilities, you may find it useful to reach out for an evaluation of your case.

Child custody is one of the most complex and emotionally difficult aspects of a divorce, but it is possible, with guidance, to reach a final agreement that works for every member of the family.

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