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Child Custody Lawyer in Arlington, TX

Establishing a Living Arrangement to Meet Your Children's Needs

Father with custody of his daughterWhen a couple divorces, their children often bear significant emotional stress. Figuring out the logistics of raising a child or children after a divorce can be messy and overwhelming, but Runge Firm can help you and your family find stability during this uncertain time. Our team looks to the interests of your children while helping you navigate child custody arrangements. With our skilled Arlington child custody attorney John Runge working by your side, you can rest assured that your child custody negotiations will be handled professionally and effectively.

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Understanding Your Options for Child Custody

In Texas, divorcing parents can determine child custody on their own through mediation or through court orders. Court-ordered child custody arrangements take the control from the hands of the parents – a judge will review your situations objectively before declaring the appropriate arrangement for your children.

Factors considered when determining custody include:

  • The wishes of the children
  • The relationship of the children with each parent
  • The proximity of the children's school to each parent's home
  • Any history of abuse in the relationships
  • The work schedules of each parent

Gain Better Control over Custody Arrangements

If you are negotiating your custody arrangements outside of court, you likely have more control over the specifics of the arrangement. For the protection of the children, mediation is often the preferred method of negotiating child custody. We recommend mediation if both spouses are able to respectfully negotiate the terms of the separation. During mediation, John Runge, our Arlington family law attorney, can stand by your side and represent your best interests while discussing arrangements with your spouse.

Physical vs. Legal Custody

Having legal custody means that you have the right to make decisions about your child’s welfare and upbringing. These decisions would include things such as religion, education, healthcare, and more. The parent with legal custody is referred to as the “managing conservator” in Texas. Physical custody refers to possession – or who the child spends the majority of their time with. In Texas, a parent with physical custody is referred to as the “possessory conservator.”

When fighting for custody, there are a number of options for possible custody arrangements, such as sole legal custody and joint physical custody, or sole legal and physical custody. A parent may have access to their child, but they may not be able to make decisions for their child. Ultimately, the court will work to create an arrangement that suits the best interests of the child.

Texas courts do favor shared custody arrangements whenever possible, as they see joint arrangements as being best for the child. This allows both parents access to their child and gives both parents rights to have input in decisions about their child’s upbringing.

Negotiating Visitation Schedules in Texas

In a joint-custody arrangement, one parent is awarded "possession of" the children while another is granted "access to" the children. Parents in possession of the children provide primary care and housing. Parents granted access to the children must follow a visitation schedule – or an access schedule – that allows them certain visitation rights. Runge Firm has helped many divorcing parents throughout the Dallas Fort Worth Area navigate these delicate topics and come to agreeable arrangements with sensitivity and compassion. If you need professional assistance establishing custody for your children, Attorney John Runge is ready to help.

Contact Runge Firm today by calling us at (817) 339-6147. All initial consultations are free.

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