Joint Custody

There are many times when parents cannot live together. In these cases, there needs to be a decision about who has custody of the child. Custody can be awarded solely to one person; there can be an agreement where one person has custody of the child while the other still retains some of their parental rights and there can be times when joint custody is awarded.

Joint Custody

In the case of joint custody, both of the parents will have custody of the child. This could be due to the child spending a significant amount of time with both parent or because both parents want to have a say in the decisions that are made for the child. Joint custody requires an agreement between the parties about the care of the child and how decisions are to be made.

There are two types of joint custody that are usually decided by the courts. Joint physical custody will refer to where the child lives at different times. A schedule for this type of custody is usually agreed upon by both parties. Joint legal custody is awarded when both parties want access to all of the legal records of a child. Making decisions about this type of custody should be done with the help of legal representation.

People often have the following types of questions:

  • What is joint custody in Texas?
  • How do I get joint custody in Texas?
  • Who does the child live with if we have this custody?
  • Can I take the child out of the country if I have this custody?
  • Who make decisions about the child’s schooling?
  • Who makes decisions about medical care for my child?
  • Do I need a lawyer to set up this custody?
  • Do I need court approval for this custody?
  • If I have joint custody, do I still need to pay child support?
  • How is financial support of the child decided?
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