In Texas, child custody is determined based on the best interests of the child. There are two types of child custody: physical custody and legal custody.
Physical custody refers to where the child will live. If one parent has sole physical custody, the child will live with that parent most of the time. If both parents have joint physical custody, the child will spend time living with both parents.
Legal custody refers to the right to make decisions about the child’s upbringing, such as decisions related to education, healthcare, and religious training. A parent with sole legal custody has the exclusive right to make these decisions, while a parent with joint legal custody must consult with the other parent before making any decisions.
There are several factors that a court will consider when determining child custody, including the child’s wishes (if the child is old enough to express a preference), the child’s relationship with each parent and any siblings, the stability of each home environment, and the parents’ ability to cooperate and make decisions together.
It’s important to note that child custody laws in Texas can be complex, and it’s a good idea to consult with a lawyer if you have questions about your rights and responsibilities as a parent.