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Texas Child Custody Laws

Texas child custody laws are in compliance with the Uniform Child Custody Act, which seeks to minimize child custody conflicts that involve more than one state. Texas family law also recognizes joint custody and grandparent visitation rights. As with most other states, Texas courts are required to consider the child's own wishes when making a custody determination.

Learn more about Texas child custody laws in the table below. See How Child Custody Decisions are Made for additional information.

Code Section Fam. 153. 005 et seq.
Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted 1983
Joint Custody an Option? Yes, Fam. §153.003 Joint Managing Conservator
Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized? Yes, Fam. 153.433
Child's Own Wishes Considered? Yes

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Texas child custody attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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