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What is legal custody of a child?

The legal custody of a child is an important responsibility for a person to accept. In Texas, parents generally have legal custody of their kids but when those parents go through divorces the status of their parental rights may be put into question. Generally, divorces will address two forms of child custody and will give parents certain rights based on what will serve the best interests of the children subject to the custody determinations.

Although physical custody involves deciding where a child will live and which parent will be responsible for their day-to-day needs, legal custody has to do with making important choices about a child's upbringing. A parent who has the right to exercise legal custody may be a part of discussions over where the child should go to school or where the child should attend religious services. A parent with legal custody can interject their opinions on whether their child should undergo certain medical procedures or receive care from certain individuals.

Legal custody is therefore the way a parent may stay involved in the important decision affecting their child's life. A parent may be denied legal custody during a divorce if it is demonstrated that they do not have their kids' best interests in mind; legal custody can be awarded to a parent who is unable to have physical custody of their children.

There is more to child custody in Texas than just working to keep one's kids in their own home. Legal custody allows a parent to play an active role in their children's lives and to advocate for choices that they believe will be of benefit to their children's futures.

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