How do we decide whether sole custody or joint custody is best for our family?

When looking at the different types of child custody, you have to select the type that suits your family, explains Texan Certified Family Law Specialist, Michelle May O'Neil. But how do you pick between sole and joint custody? Read on to see O'Neil's answ

By Divorce Magazine
June 28, 2006
TX FAQs/Child Custody

"We have three children, ages five through 12.  How do we decide whether sole custody or joint custody is best for our family?"

Texas law presumes that all parents will be granted the title of joint managing conservators.  The presumption may not apply when issues such as drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or domestic violence affect the children.  Then, one parent will be named the sole managing conservator and the other parent will be named the possessory conservator.  The title given does not necessarily affect the other issues pertaining to the children.  Regardless of the title, both parents will be awarded certain rights and duties to the children, and both parents will be awarded periods of possession with the children.  Typically, with children over three years of age, the Courts will impose the Standard Possession Order under Texas law.  One parent will also be ordered to pay child support in most situations.

Michelle May O'Neil, president of O'Neil Attorneys and a Certified Family Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is nationally recognized as a leader in family law. She focuses on child-custody disputes, complex marital-property litigation, and family-law appeals. May also acts as a mediator for other attorneys in resolving family-law disputes.

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By Divorce Magazine| June 28, 2006
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