Very few divorces end amicably and are even less likely to end on good terms when child custody, child support and visitation rights are part of the equation.
In Texas, all of these issues fall under a single rule in the courts. And that rule is that the courts will always decide these things based on the best interests of the child.
A child custody and visitation rights attorney can help negotiate a shared custody agreement, or in certain cases, push for sole custody if one parent’s behavior and dynamics pose a threat of any kind to the child.
In a shared custody situation, both parents may have access to their children, but the court may choose to make one or the other a sole conservator. In those cases, a sole conservator is given all the rights to make decisions on behalf of the children, including where they will go to school, what doctors and dentists they will see, what extracurricular activities they will engage in and other important life choices. When joint conservatorship is granted, both parents work together to make these choices.
Courts will look at each parent’s home situation, including economic stability, the ability to provide a stable environment and what each parent can do to provide for the overall physical and emotional needs of the children.
In addition, consideration will be given to the children’s’ past relationships with each parent.
In Texas, courts will give added weight to the opinions of the child when they are 12 years of age or older, taking into account where they want to live and what they think their relationship is with each parent and any siblings they may have.
As part of custody arrangements, an attorney may also help negotiate an appropriate level of child support. Factors influencing how much will include how many children are involved, if custody is shared or not and what each parent is capable of providing, based on their current levels of income.
Once in place and approved, generally, a custody order can’t be changed unless agreed upon by both parents, or if there is a major life change for any member of the family.
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