Joint Child Custody Attorneys in Houston
30 Years of Experience in Family Law
Divorce can be an emotionally overwhelming experience, especially for parents,
given the delicate nature of child custody. In the state of Texas, the
court will support an arrangement that serves the best interests of the
child and, unless the appointment of one or both parents does not serve
those interests, the court will allow both parents to be involved in the
life of the child. That said, there are varying types of joint custody
a court can order: joint legal custody, shared physical custody, and a
combination of both. If you and your spouse are in the midst of a child
custody dispute, it is imperative that you consult with a child custody
attorney in Houston. At the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny, we have over
30 years of experience in family law that we will work to your advantage.
Contact us today at
(713) 936-2300 to request a consultation!
Joint Legal Custody
When parents are granted joint legal custody, this means they will share
in decision-making when it comes to the upbringing of their children.
This includes decisions regarding religion, discipline, education, and
medical treatment. However, the children will still have one primary residence.
In the event that the parents disagree on a particular decision, they
will have to go through mediation to work out any disagreements since
they both have an equal say on how they choose to raise their children.
Shared Physical Custody
If parents are granted shared physical custody, their children will have
two legal residences, which means they will spend at least 35% of their
time with the mother or father. If a parent moves out of the area, remarries,
or the other parent is simply not comfortable with the arrangement, they
will have to return to court to modify it.
Combination of Joint Physical and Legal Custody
It is also possible for both parents to reach an agreement that allows
for a combination of joint legal and physical custody. Both parents’
homes would serve as a residence for the children and each would have
equal say in regards to how they are raised.
Trusted Human Family Law Attorneys
At the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny, we seek to provide compassionate
legal support and guidance. We will do what it takes to help you reach
an agreement for child custody and visitation, but are prepared to fight
for you in court if necessary.
Call us at
(713) 936-2300 today to get started.