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Dispelling some common myths about noncustodial parents

When parents separate, children typically live in one home and visit the other. Because these children spend most of their time with one parent, noncustodial parents are the subject of many myths that are not true across the board. Rather than judging a noncustodial mother or father based solely on the fact their children don't live with them full-time, it's important to look at each situation individually. Many noncustodial parents in Texas are very involved with their children.

Although some parents avoid financially supporting their children or investing time to attend their school and extracurricular events, not all noncustodial parents are deadbeats. Many pay court-ordered child support on time every month. These mothers and fathers see their children according to the visitation schedule because they want to be involved in their children's lives.

Men make up the majority of noncustodial parents, but more single fathers are getting custody of their children after the parents separate. Some of these noncustodial parents fight hard for custody of their children while others give up custody to the other parent because they believe it's in the best interests of the child. Courts rarely deny any visitation to noncustodial parents, so just about every parent has an opportunity to stay involved with their children even if they don't get along with their former spouse.

A divorce lawyer may give a client advice regarding custody of their minor children. Child custody cases may be resolved through negotiation, mediation or litigation. A parent who doesn't get custody may be able to appeal or file in the future if their situation changes. Divorce may be harder on children than it is on the parents, so it's often important for noncustodial parents to stay in their lives, even if the children behave like they don't want them there.

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