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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.

Research suggests joint custody of children should be the norm

Some parents in Texas fight for sole custody during a divorce because of a belief that it's better for children to have a more stable life with one parent. However, there's compelling research coupled with insights from experts suggesting this isn't the case. Barring instances where a child may be in dangerous or unsafe situations around a parent, it's generally advised that divorcing partners consider joint custody to keep kids involved in both parents' lives.

The role of alienation in custody disputes

Texas residents and others may be familiar with something called Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS). It is a theory that suggests people will say or do things to turn their children against the other parent. However, in some cases, individuals will claim parental alienation as a method of committing emotional abuse against their former spouses. Essentially, the claim is fabricated in an effort to exert some sort of control over someone after a marriage is over.

A child visitation schedule is often an alternative to custody

When divorcing parents in Texas are unable to reach an agreement regarding child custody, the court may need to take action. In many cases, custody will be split between parents with children rotating their time between two households. However, it's also quite common for one parent to be granted sole custody with the other being issued visitation rights through a set schedule.

Coping with divorce during the holidays

The holidays have arrived, and many Texas families are struggling with how to plan celebrations after going through a separation or divorce. This situation may feel overwhelming, but it can be successfully managed if everyone communicates and focuses on what's best for the children.

Parallel parenting is an option for those who can't co-parent

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.

Birdnesting and other ways to give kids stability after divorce

"Birdnesting" is the name of an approach to child custody for divorced parents that may help children in Texas better adjust to this change. Experts advise that this arrangement is best if it has a limited duration. During birdnesting, parents alternate living in the family home while their children live there full time. Parents usually also take turns living in a small apartment nearby.

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