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Courts commonly consider certain factors in custody cases

Family courts in Texas base their child custody decisions on the general standard of the best interests of the child. This standard gives a judge broad discretion to make decisions and allows for the consideration of many different factors in arriving at a determination. Child custody situations can be hard to predict because their outcomes may vary widely based on the judge and specific facts of the case. There are, though, a few factors that are likely to be considered in the large majority of instances.

How joint custody rights could influence child support orders

For parents who share custody of their children, it may still be necessary for one parent to pay child support to the other. Typically, Texas state law will determine whether a parent who has joint physical custody of a child will need to make formal support payments. In some cases, the amount of support owed will be reduced by the amount of time that a parent has the child.

Assessing living arrangements in the child custody agreement

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.

Fathers' approach to child custody after divorce

Fathers in Texas may be afraid of losing their close relationship with their children after a divorce. People may have heard horror stories about fathers' views and interests being neglected in family court. However, the modern approach to child custody favors both parents as being equally important in a child's life, especially if both parents have always been involved with the children. In many cases, courts begin with a presumption of favoring joint legal and physical custody. Even when one parent has the majority of physical custody, joint legal custody that involves both parents in major decisions is often preferred.

How to raise stable, happy children after a split

Life after the end of a relationship can be challenging. One of the main concerns that Texas parents have is how to help their children grow up healthy and happy after splitting up. Parents can work together to raise their children, making decisions in the best interest of the children that protect their children's emotional health and stability after divorce.

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.

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