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Understanding Texas’ Child Custody Laws

Child custody hearings are among the most difficult and complex processes parents can experience. In Texas, the law favors co-parenting arrangements where both parents have a relationship with the child. Texas child custody laws presume both parents will have joint custody. The parents both have equal say in decisions pertaining to health care, education, religious participation, extracurriculars, and other important areas of life.

Without effective representation, the emotional stress alone can be paralyzing. As the attorney of record in several Texas court rulings on child custody, Morgan Bourque uses his knowledge and experience to find the solutions that work best for you. A former prosecutor, Morgan’s career has proven successful on both sides of the courtroom, and demonstrates that he understands the art of negotiation. And while settling child custody matters is often the preferred method of resolution, his courtroom experience uniquely positions him as one of Texas’ most skilled litigators and will go to trial if necessary for any family law matter.

Whether you want to protect your children from a potentially dangerous environment, or simply want to maximize your time with them, The Woodlands child custody attorneys can guide you through the complexities of child custody proceedings and will help draft your custody agreement.

Call (713) 535-9711 for a consultation with The Woodlands child custody lawyers from Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law today.



Whether you are amid a divorce or simply fighting for the right to see your child, you need a child custody lawyer in The Woodlands, TX who will provide you with straight answers and who has the experience and reputation to keep your children in your life.

Sole Custody vs. Joint Custody

If you are considering a divorce and you have minor children, you and your spouse will need to reach an agreement on custody. If you cannot reach an agreement, the Texas court system will make the decision for you. You and your spouse will both have the opportunity to present your best case for custody before the judge decides. Depending on your situation, your custody options may vary. 

Here are the most common custody orders: 

  • Sole Custody: When custody is awarded to one parent, it's considered sole custody. The parent given sole custody also makes all legal, medical, educational, and religious decisions for the child. Texas courts prefer shared custodial situations or joint custody, so there must be a significant reason for a sole custody request. 
  • Joint Custody: When custody and decision-making responsibility are shared by spouses, it's considered joint custody. While the child may spend more time with one parent, each parent has equal standing.  

Custodial situations include both legal and physical custody:

  • Parents with legal custody of their child are allowed to make decisions regarding education, religion, medical care, and discipline.
  • Physical custody involves the actual location where the child will reside.

Establishing & Modifying Child Custody Orders in Montgomery County

Child custody agreements are a key factor in resolving your divorce matters and they must be drafted with your best interests in mind – otherwise, you could miss some of the most important moments in your child’s life. That is why you can trust our firm to cut through the legal jargon and be direct with you and the opposition – someone who will fight for your rights. The Woodlands child custody lawyers from Morgan Bourque Attorney at Law delivers every time.

If you are dealing with a child custody dispute in Magnolia, Montgomery, Spring, or Willis, contact us today to speak with The Woodlands child custody attorneys!


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