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Deciding child custody

Parents in Texas who are in disputes regarding child custody should know that there are multiple factors the family courts will examine to render a decision. It is also important that parents are aware that the courts have the responsibility of determining what is in the best interest of the children.

Common assumptions about noncustodial parents

Some noncustodial parents in Texas may face unfair assumptions about their role in the lives of their children. For example, people might assume that they do not pay child support. However, many noncustodial parents responsibly make their child support payments monthly and support their children financially in other ways as well.

Traveling with the kids after divorce

Every Texas divorce case and custody situation is unique. However, all courts decide custody matters with the best interests of the children in mind. For divorced parents who would like to travel internationally with their children, it's important to respect custody arrangements. Generally speaking, it's better to communicate with the other parent before and during the trip.

Helping children get through a divorce

Divorce can be difficult for both Texas children and their parents. However, there are things that parents can do to make life easier in its aftermath. For instance, parents should never say bad things about each other in front of the children. This is because children will eventually figure out if a parent is lying or not, and lying to a child is generally not a good idea regardless of a parent's relationship status.

Awarding joint child custody

Fathers in Texas who wanted shared child custody after a divorce were typically disappointed for the most part of the 20th century because family courts tended to favor the mothers when awarding child custody. However, during the last three decades, there has been a marked difference in how the courts have been handling child custody: It has become increasingly common for the family courts to encourage or even insist on mutual agreements that include shared custody.

How parents can overcome conflicts with each other

Texas parents who are divorced may have trouble working together at times. However, there are ways in which exes can get over their issues with each other and focus on what is best for the children. For instance, instead of arguing over parenting time, it can be a good idea to create a long-term plan that is updated annually. Ideally, each parent will play an equal role in the child's life after the marriage comes to an end.

What parents should know about visitation rights

In most cases, noncustodial parents in Texas are granted visitation rights to their children. However, there are circumstances in which a judge will deny visitation to a parent. Typically, this is because doing so could put the child in physical danger or pose emotional or mental health threats. A judge could require that a parent complete anger management classes or participate in a rehab program as a condition of obtaining visitation in the future.

Child custody agreements involve compromise

As a divorce enters its final stages and the reality of establishing two separate households for a family that came from one is fully realized, nothing is more vital than creating a child custody agreement that recognizes the needs of the children. While it is certainly true that each Texas family member is important, the kids have never experienced anything other than a life with Mom and Dad in the same home, and how this new transition evolves will likely play a critical role in the type of relationship they have with each parent moving forward.

What 'best interests of the child' means

Texas parents are often advised to keep the best interests of their young children in mind when ending a marriage. In fact, nearly all courts use that standard to make child custody decisions when parents aren't able to work out an arrangement on their own. Ultimately, a court is likely to determine what constitutes "best interests" when making custody-related decisions based on several factors.

Working towards a fair child custody agreement

When fathers in Texas think about divorce, they may be concerned about losing access to time with their children. In many cases, people stay in unhappy marriages with little hope of improvement because they are concerned about the outcome of a child custody battle. However, older views about fathers' relationships with their children have largely been dismissed from modern family courts. Today, both parents are generally considered to be essential to a child's growth and well-being as long as there are no issues with abuse or neglect.

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