Killeen, TX Custody Lawyers

HEMBREE BELL LAW FIRM

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Trying to finalize a custody arrangement with your spouse while you are in the middle of parting ways can be extremely overwhelming for each of you, as well as your children. Even if you and your ex are on amicable terms, custody matters have the potential to leave you bogged down in your emotions, making it incredibly difficult to navigate your way forward on your own. Let our experienced Killeen custody lawyers be your guide and help lessen the impact of the divorce and custody process on you and your children’s lives.

While your separation may be what’s best for everyone, it is still a disruption to all of your daily lives. At Hembree Bell, we do everything we can to make that transition as seamless as possible while advocating for the best interests of your kids and your family as a whole. We take the time to get to know you and your long-term goals so that we can not only align our legal strategy, but build a relationship with you that goes beyond simply solving a one-time problem. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation and learn how we can help you move forward with confidence!

Killeen Custody Lawyers

What Are The Different Types Of Custody?

There are two types of custody in Texas – legal custody and physical custody.  Arrangements will vary from family to family because every family is unique and has their own needs. While you may have friends or family who went through similar situations, it doesn’t mean that what worked for them will necessarily work for you. Our skilled Killeen custody lawyers will help you find what works best for your family.

Legal Custody

This type of custody refers to which parent will have the primary authority to make important decisions regarding the children’s upbringing, like their education, healthcare, religion and more. Legal custody can be awarded solely to one parent (sole legal custody) or shared between both parents (joint legal custody). Even if one parent has primary physical custody, both parents may still share legal custody unless the court specifies otherwise.

Physical Custody

This type of custody, which may also be referred to as “possession” or “access”, clarifies which parent primarily attends to the physical care and residence of the child. Similarly to legal custody, physical custody may be awarded solely to one parent or shared between both parents. The schedule for when the child resides with each parent can be established through a parenting plan or custody order by the court.

How Can Killeen Custody Lawyers Help Us Reach An Agreement?

You and your co-parent have the opportunity to agree on a custody arrangement and create your own parenting plan which meets the needs of your family. Even if you only agree on some portions, you may be able to reach agreements on the others through mediation, collaboration, or negotiation. These alternative dispute resolution methods ensure that you and your co-parent remain in control of your kids’ future and that you can come up with your own creative solutions, while also saving you time and money.

If you cannot reach an agreement by any means, your case will have to be decided by the court. In Texas, the best interests of the children are prioritized, meaning custody determinations will be based on the child’s relationship with each parent, their preferences (if age-appropriate), the ability of each parent to provide a stable and nurturing environment, and any history of domestic violence or abuse. Each of our Killeen custody lawyers are capable litigators, so you can have peace of mind no matter how your case progresses.

Let Hembree Bell Meet You Where You Are

Whether you feel that your custody matters have gotten out of hand or you’re simply looking for advice along the way, we are prepared to step in and support you. Many of our knowledgeable Killeen custody lawyers have been where you are and know exactly how you’re feeling – your relationship and time with your kids is everything to you, and you want them to be protected. You can trust us to thoroughly explain your options, answer any questions you may have, and put you closer to the vision you have for your life. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation and learn more!