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What are the main types of custody and visitation?

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2022 | Child Custody

When parents separate in Texas, they must decide what type of custody and visitation arrangement is best for their children. There are many different types of custody and visitation arrangements, and it’s important to choose the right arrangement for your family.

Types of custody

There are two types of child custody: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to the right to make decisions about the child’s upbringing, including education, medical care, and religious training. Physical custody refers to which parent the child will live with.

Most custody arrangements are either joint or sole. Joint custody means that both parents have legal and physical custody of the child. Sole custody means that only one parent has legal and physical custody of the child.

Types of visitation

There are three main types of visitation: supervised, unsupervised and virtual. Supervised visitation means that the child is only allowed to visit with the non-custodial parent in the presence of a third party, such as a grandparent or other relative. Unsupervised visitation means that the child is allowed to visit with the non-custodial parent without the presence of a third party.

Supervised visitation is usually ordered when there are concerns about the safety of the child or the non-custodial parent. Unsupervised visitation is usually ordered when there are no concerns about the safety of the child or the non-custodial parent.

Virtual visitation is a newer type of visitation that allows the non-custodial parent to visit with the child via Skype or another video conferencing software. This type of visitation is usually ordered when the parents live in different states or countries.

Going through a divorce is overwhelming. However, you can make the aftermath easier to deal with by choosing the right type of custody and visitation arrangement for your family. Consider all of your options and make a decision that is best for your children.