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Centering Your Family’s Needs—Every Step of the Way

If you’re going through a divorce, protecting your children’s best interests is probably high on your list of priorities. You’re not alone. Our clients often report that the impact that divorce will have on their children is one of their primary concerns.

Most mothers and fathers recognize that having a positive and nurturing relationship with both parents is an important part of a child’s self-esteem and well-being. However, the stress and negative emotions that accompany most family law disputes can, in the heat of the moment, interfere with a parent’s ability to recognize the harm caused by ongoing parental conflicts.



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How is Child Custody Determined in Texas?

Child custody matters can be stressful—but it’s important to remember that the custody determination process is designed to help protect the best interests of the children involved. 

A well-crafted parenting plan is also a critical foundation for a harmonious co-parenting relationship, and an experienced, compassionate child custody attorney can facilitate cooperation and help you create an agreement that’s focused on your child’s needs.

The process for establishing custody varies slightly depending on whether or not a divorce is involved, and, if so, on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. If you’re not party to a divorce, you’ll begin custody proceedings by filing a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR). 

Either way, it’s wise to start by contacting a family law attorney who can advise you on the next steps. These will likely include collecting medical, employment, and financial records, and any other evidence applicable to your case.

What is Standard Child Custody in Texas?

Currently, Texas Family Code sets a standard possession order as follows: non-custodial parents who live within 100 miles of their children have the right to possession on the first, third, and fifth weekends of every month, on Thursday evenings during the school year, on alternating holidays, and for an extended period of time (up to 30 days) during summer vacation.

If the parents live further than 100 miles apart, the weekend schedule may be reduced to one weekend per month, the midweek visit is canceled, the summer break is extended to 42 days, and a spring break is added.

If the child/children’s safety is a concern, a judge can also issue a supervised possession order that requires visits with non-custodial parents to be supervised by a family member or other third party.

2022 Standard Possession Calendar

Looking for a resource to help you visualize the standard possession schedule? Use the button below to download our 2022 Standard Possession Schedule Calendar.

Contact Our Child Custody Lawyers in Texas

If you’re at the beginning of the divorce process, it’s not abnormal to have a lot of questions—and even some anxiety about what the future looks like for you and for your family. You don’t have to go through it alone. Each of the highly experienced attorneys in our Dallas, Austin or Plano offices can answer your questions, offer advice, and provide the support you need every step of the way. Contact us today to get started.

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At Goranson Bain Ausley we strive to deliver clarity about what comes next and confidence that you and your family’s future are more secure. Contact our team and discover how we can help you.


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