Divorce in Texas is not easy. It can be stressful and costly in regard to money, time and emotion. The process is even more challenging when there are children involved. Determining the specifics of the child-rearing part of life after divorce can be the most difficult part. Roughly speaking, parents can move forward with one of three situations: sole custody, parallel parenting or co-parenting.

Sole custody is rarer than the other types of parenting arrangements, but it will be ordered in cases when it’s in the best interests of the child. In most cases, some sort of joint custody arrangement is ordered. This means that both parents participate in the child’s life. When a family court orders joint custody, it may largely base its decision on the ability and willingness of the parents.

Co-parenting is heavily dependent on communication between the parents. Each of the parents should treat the other with respect. Generally speaking, those who do well co-parenting are able to put personal bitterness and anger to the side so that they can focus on the children.

On the other hand, parallel parenting is a structure option for parents who don’t get along. Both parents get relationships with the children and they agree not to interfere with each other’s parenting. They are connected to the kids, but disconnected from one another. Parallel parenting may be less than ideal, but it is better than the alternatives in some cases.

Someone who is considering divorce in Texas might want to speak with a lawyer. An attorney with experience in divorce law could help by identifying assets of the parties or by distinguishing between the couple’s marital and individual property. A lawyer might negotiate the terms of property settlement or argue on behalf of a client during child custody proceedings.