Divorces often unleash torrents of intense anger. Most divorcing parents in Texas attempt to shield their children from this tide of emotion, but occasionally one parent will accuse the other of being "unfit" to care for the couple's children. What is the exact legal meaning of an "unfit parent"? Is it relevant in a child custody dispute?
Many Texas residents who endure the emotional roller-coaster of a divorce proceeding believe that the entry of the final order settling issues of property division, spousal support, child support and child custody will put an end to their emotional pain. Unhappily, some parents refuse to obey the court's order regarding child custody or child support. Texas law provides several methods of enforcing an order for child support, but divorced parents are often left to their own resources to enforce compliance with an order for child visitation or shared custody.
The "best interests of the child" is a child custody standard that is essential for parents to be familiar with and to understand because it is used to guide child custody decisions. Child custody decisions are based on the best interests of the child standard. Whether parents are developing their own child custody arrangement or need the family law court to help them develop their child custody arrangement, it is important to keep what is in the best interests of the child in mind. The "best interests of the child" means that the family law court will seek a child custody arrangement that promotes the child's happiness, mental health, emotional development and security.
When parents in Texas decide to part ways, this process can be complicated due to custody. Child custody can be determined between the divorcing spouses; however, if an agreement is not reached, the court will have to step in to help the parents determine what agreement is best for the child in that particular situation.
When parent divorce, there are many concerns surrounding their children. One major issue is with whom the child will reside with and what the custody arrangement will look like. Not all post-divorce parenting plans look the same. They are highly dependent on the factors involved in the situation at hand. Whether a sole or joint custody arrangement results, there are also certain financial issues that must be sorted out as well.
Divorce is a difficult life event. However, it can mean more than just a failed marriage. It could mean the splitting of a family. When children are involved, it is important to think about what is best for the child. No two families are alike, and the needs of each parent and child are different. In matters where domestic violence was present or there are safety concerns, joint custody may not be the most suitable. In these situations, seeking sole custody may be in the best interests of the child.
It is well known that divorce can be messy. And even when divorcing spouse are able to navigate through hostilities and high conflict, this does not mean this is the last time the couple will be faced with divorce issues. Even after a divorce decree is reached, family law issues could open the door back open. Whether it is a year or a decade following this agreement, if a parent believes changes are necessary, divorced parents may have to return to court to resolve any new or outstanding issues. While this can be complex and emotional, it is often in the best interests of the child to reach a resolution if new issues have evolved.
Parents parting ways can be viewed at as a traumatic situation. Although it may be good for the parents to no longer be in a relationship, their divorce or separation can be a trying time for the children involved. A child has been accustomed to their life with both parents, making it difficult to acclimate to a life much different than this. This makes custody matters both an emotional and vital time for everyone involved, as what is in the best interest of the child may not be what one or both parents want.
No family is perfect, and the structure of a family can differ greatly from one family to the next. In Texas and all over the nation, families may function better when parents are no longer together. It is a difficult reality to face and to accept, but for some married parents, divorce is the best option. Even though they are able to come to terms and go their separate ways, it is challenging to reach agreeable terms when it comes to their children.
No two families are alike. Each family has its unique qualities and challenges. Thus, when parents decide to divorce, these diverse qualities impact what the family will look like post-divorce. Specifically, this will effect a child custody arrangement. While not all parents get along, especially in a high-conflict or domestic abuse situation, some parents are able to come together and collaborate. In these matters co-parenting is likely the most effective way to parent post-divorce.