Navigating the complexities of custody orders in Texas can be daunting, especially during the emotional turbulence of divorce or custody battles. At Hembree Bell Law, we understand the importance of clarity and guidance in these challenging times. In this blog, we’ll break down the four crucial categories that shape custody orders in Texas, providing valuable insights to empower you through the process.

Understanding Custody Orders: The Four Key Categories

1. Primary Residence Determination:

One of the pivotal aspects of any custody order is determining the primary residence of the children. This designation dictates where the children will primarily reside, impacting their schooling and day-to-day routines. At Hembree Bell Law, we prioritize advocating for our clients to secure the best possible living arrangements for their children in Austin, San Antonio, and beyond.

2. Child Support Rights:

Child support payments are often linked to the determination of the primary residence. Our experienced attorneys ensure that our clients understand their rights and obligations regarding child support, including reimbursement for health insurance expenses. We strive to secure fair and equitable child support arrangements that prioritize the well-being of the children involved.

3. Decision-Making Authority:

Decision-making authority, often referred to as “heads, meds, and eds” in the family law world, encompasses crucial decisions regarding medical, psychological, and educational matters. Our team emphasizes the significance of decision-making authority, as it directly impacts the long-term well-being and future of the children. We work tirelessly to safeguard our clients’ rights and advocate for favorable decision-making arrangements tailored to their unique circumstances.

4. Possession Orders:

Possession orders delineate the schedule for each parent’s time with the children. Whether it’s a standard possession order or an expanded standard election, our attorneys ensure that our clients’ possession orders are comprehensive and reflective of their priorities. We guide our clients through the intricacies of possession schedules, striving to achieve arrangements that promote stability and healthy parent-child relationships.


Navigating custody orders in Texas requires a thorough understanding of the four key categories outlined above. At Hembree Bell Law, we are committed to providing guidance and unwavering support to our clients in Austin, San Antonio, and across Texas. If you’re facing custody challenges, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced team for personalized legal assistance. Together, we’ll navigate the complexities of custody orders and work towards securing the best possible outcome for you and your children.

Ready to protect your rights and secure the best custody arrangements for your family? Contact Hembree Bell Law today for a consultation with our experienced family law attorneys. Your future and your children’s well-being deserve dedicated legal advocacy. Let us guide you through this challenging time with compassion. 

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