Texas divorced couples who have young children and who expect conflicts with each other to end along with the marriage may still face disputes over co-parenting. One issue that may arise is a parent relocating to be closer to a new partner. Such parents may try to compromise by picking a place that is still not too far away from their children, but they may underestimate how much more time the commute will take.
One or both parents may end up feeling as though they are spending far more time on the road, and one or the other may have less time with their children. The situation may grow worse if the partner and the other parent do not get along. At this point, parents may begin to think of the conflict as a battle that they must win, but it is important to keep in mind that this will not necessarily represent a victory for the children.
Parents must keep the best interests of the child in mind. This may mean devoting more time to driving the child back and forth. It might mean going to mediation with the other parent to hammer out a new plan for custody and visitation. It could mean one parent paying or receiving more or less child support, and some children might even change which household they live in.
Making decisions about custody can be a stressful aspect of the divorce process. However, parents should strive to make the best decisions for their children. If they are unable to come to an agreement, then the issue can go to litigation, but parents may have no recourse if the judge makes a ruling they are unhappy with. Their respective family law attorneys might instead suggest a round of negotiations in order to see if going to court can be avoided.