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The Importance of Obtaining Full Custody During Divorce


Understanding the Process

The process of obtaining child custody in Texas can really be an arduous and perplexing task. Many parents think that they can just explain to a judge why he or she should be granted full custody. However, the process is much more than just that. The judge can even decide on not giving full custody of the child to either parents. The judge may decide so if both parents are unfit. In this article, the importance of getting full custody over a child will be tackled. 

What is Full Custody?

Full custody means it includes both legal and physical custody of the child. A parent with full custody over a child is the one who has legal authority to decide on major matters. Such matters include the child’s education, healthcare, and religion. Major decisions are easier done when only one parent gets to call the shots for the child.

Advantages of Full Custody

Full custody can give the child’s living situation a better structure. It results to consistency as opposed to having two parents with different views deciding on such major matters.

Another advantage of obtaining full custody is the child residing in only one primary location. This eliminates the unnecessary back and forth routine between the house of the parents of the child. This reduces the disruption that the child is exposed to, which in turn provides a sense of stability. In most cases, the child ends up staying in the same location prior to the divorce. This means that the child may not have to move to a different school and adjust to a new environment.

All aspects of a custody battle affect a child. The majority of the child’s life will be in a middle of a conflict of his or her parents even after the divorce proceedings.

A child being put in a position where he or she has to choose between his or her parents can definitely cause damage, stress and trauma to the child.

This is the reason why it is highly significant to the welfare of a child that either parents take into account all of these considerations in making their decision whether it is really in the child’s best interests for them to seek full custody.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas.

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