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Protecting the child's best interests in a divorce

In an effort to promote continuity between Texas parents who have gone through a divorce, it is a good idea for both of them to enforce a consistent set of rules. This means that a child has roughly the same bedtime or access to a phone, TV or internet regardless of whether that child is with mom or with dad. However, it can be a challenge trying to determine which rules a child should live by.

For instance, Pokemon Go may be beneficial for children as it gets them outside and walking around looking for the mythical creatures. However, parents may be concerned that it could lead to too much screen time and an addiction to video games. The ideal solution is for a parent to sit down with the other parent and discuss his or her concerns about the game.

If that doesn't work, it may be time to go to court and get an order limiting the child's overall screen time. Ultimately, it may just be better for a parent to let it go and understand that he or she can limit the amount of time the child plays the game while the child is with that parent. As long as the child is not being put in danger, there may be little reason to pursue a lawsuit and little chance of actually winning.

In a child custody dispute, the law states that the best interests of the child are the top priority. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to talk to an attorney who may be able to establish that an individual gaining sole custody or obtaining additional parental rights may be in that child's best interest. This may be done by establishing the child's desire to see a parent or by showcasing a parent's ability to provide for the child.

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