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How to handle drama in a custody case

Parents in Texas and elsewhere may experience high levels of conflict after a divorce is finalized. These conflicts could revolve around who should get custody of the child or how decisions should be made after a custody order is created. Ideally, children will get to spend time with both parents, and the adults should do their best to focus less on themselves and more on the needs of their kids.

When a conflict arises, it may be possible to come to a compromise without the need to go to court. If this is not possible, a judge can examine the evidence in a given matter and make a ruling. Generally speaking, a judge is going to want to do what is in the child's best interest and with minimal interruption to the child's life. Ideally, parents will document their efforts to communicate with each other prior to coming to court.

Those who are seeking custody of their children are urged not to do so out of spite for the other parent. In most cases, doing so could lead to an unfavorable custody or visitation ruling. It will likely be obvious to a judge when a parent is taking steps to interfere with the relationship between a child and the other parent.

Parents who want physical or legal custody of their children may be able to obtain it. However, this will depend on an individual's fitness to parent and willingness to maintain a relationship with a son or daughter. An attorney may be able to provide evidence that a parent is willing and able to be a son or daughter's primary caretaker. Evidence might include statements from a child's teacher, a phone or visitation log, or a certification of completion from a rehab or anger management program.

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