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Temporary versus permanent arrangements for children in divorce

Texas family courts are responsible for making decisions regarding the living arrangements of children whose parents get divorced. Sometimes, those decisions are delayed while the court gathers information to make the best decisions for the children. When permanent possession can't be determined right away, the court may grant one parent or another adult temporary custody of a couple's children.

Because courts tend to favor stability when it comes to the best interests of the child, a temporary arrangement is likely to become permanent, especially when it comes to divorce. The parent who is not awarded possession of the child may expect to get a generous access arrangement that allows them to spend two or more days per week with their children. However, in cases where the parent has been abusive to the child or has a history of substance abuse, access could be limited. The court may also order the parent to be supervised when they are with their children.

Although temporary arrangements most commonly happen in divorce cases, parents could grant custody to someone else at other times. For example, if a parent lacks the financial resources to care for their child or if they are hospitalized, they may grant possession to a trusted friend or relative until the parent is able to assume the responsibility again. A court may also remove a child temporarily from their parents' care if they have been accused of abuse or neglect.

Parents often disagree about where their children should live following a divorce. In order to ensure that their rights are protected throughout the process, it may be helpful to work with an experienced child custody lawyer. A lawyer might help a parent by explaining their rights and advocating for their client as well as the children who are the subject of the dispute.

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