Assessing living arrangements in the child custody agreement

On Behalf of | Aug 15, 2019 | Child Custody

For every child custody case in Texas, the top priority should be the kid’s best interests. However, many parents will also fight to have as much time as possible with the child. This frequently sparks disputes as to which parent will have primary custody. One important factor that often recedes into the background is the living accommodations each parent provides.

It’s important to understand how living accommodations can influence a child custody case. This encompasses the suitability of the home and if the kid will be in a safe and nurturing environment. Age determines a child’s needs in terms of supervision. Gender plays a role in how much privacy a parent of the opposite sex will be able to give the child. As long as there are sufficient accommodations for the child’s needs, the size of the home is rarely an issue. With other children living in the home, the size of the residence will be considered.

Every situation is different, and some parents have more financial freedom than others. While this is not a mitigating factor, it could be weighed by the judge. Children need to adjust to the new family landscape. If there are negative psychological consequences, the judge can tailor the decision to limit the potential damage. Safety of the home goes beyond the home itself. The court may also examine the neighborhood, local crime statistics and if the child will be free of danger when going to school or playing outside.

It’s preferable for the parents to come to an amicable settlement on child custody and visitation. However, this is not always possible. If making a child custody determination could turn into a bitter dispute, it may be helpful to obtain legal representation.