Dallas Child Custody FAQ
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What is child custody?
Child custody is a legal term that is used to describe both the legal and practical relationship that exists between a parent and a child. It also describes the rights of parents and the responsibilities parents have while raising their children.
What types of child custody are there?
The state of Texas recognizes three different types of child custody: sole conservatorship, joint conservatorship and possessory conservator.
How is child custody determined?
When awarding child custody to one parent or both, the court will review several factors such as: the child’s physical, mental and emotional needs, the ability of each parent to fulfill the child’s physical, mental and emotional needs, the child’s preference and each parent’s income and employment status.
What is child support?
Child support is a form of payment that is made by one of the child’s parents to the other parent. The payments provide for the child’s day-to-day needs and necessities, like food, clothing and shelter.
How is child support determined?
Before a court will order a parent to pay child support, the court will review: each parent’s income, each parent’s occupation, the current custody arrangement the parents have and the amount of children the parents have together.
Should a lawyer handle my child custody matter for me?
Yes, a lawyer should always handle your child custody and related family law matters. Without having a lawyer, parents stand little chance of obtaining the outcome they desire for their legal matters. Having a lawyer will not only increase your chances of getting a successful outcome, but will also ensure that your individual rights remain protected throughout every step of the legal process.