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Denton County Child Custody Lawyer

Serving Lewisville & Flower Mound, TX

Family matters become more complex when children are involved, particularly when it comes to determining child custody. When spouses decide to dissolve their marriage, custody of the children can be the most contentious issue. When you need representation to maintain custody of your children, be sure to call on a Flower Mound divorce lawyer from the firm. We help clients in Flower Mound, Carrollton, and Lewisville, TX.

Haugen Law Firm, P.C. is a detail-oriented Lewisville family law firm that handles all types of divorce matters throughout Denton County, including Lewisville, TX. Attorney John Haugen is a former army captain and has been trained to prepare, strategize, and win. Get proven counsel on your side today by retaining the services of our Denton County family attorney.

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Understanding Physical vs. Legal Custody

There are four variations of custody. Physical custody determines the parent(s) with which the child will live, while legal custody decides which parent(s) makes life decisions for the underage children.

The different types of custody include:

  • Sole physical custody
  • Joint physical custody
  • Sole legal custody
  • Joint legal custody

Joint custody agreements can be drafted between the two parties to determine what days the child will spend living with each parent. This is commonly divided by weekday, where a child lives with one parent during the school week and with the other parent during the weekend. Other cases involve living with one parent during the school year and with the other parent during the summer.

Sole custody is when only one parent has custody of the child or children. The other parent may be able to obtain visitation rights, but the child or children will not be allowed to live with the non-custodial parent.

Legal custody can be determined amicably between the two parents but is often court-ordered by a family law judge in divorce court. This type of custody gives one or both parents the right to make life decisions for the child, such as where they attend school, what medical care they receive, etc.

How Custody Is Determined

In contested divorces, child custody is often decided by the judge instead of the parents. In cases such as these, it is important to have an experienced and aggressive Denton County family law attorney to fight for you and for your child's best interest. The court makes custody decisions based on the best interest of the child, so you will need to prove that the child's best interests lie with your having custody. Haugen Law Firm, P.C. can help you strategize the best way to make such an argument and win the custody order that you and your child need.

Speak with Our Denton County Divorce Attorney

The sooner you contact our firm, the better your chances will be of obtaining custody of your child. The other parent may also be seeking legal representation so it is in your best interests to stay ahead and retain legal guidance right away.

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