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The various rights given to divorced parents

Most Texas parents who are divorced still have rights to their children. In some cases, one parent will be given sole legal or physical possession while the other is given access rights. However, it's also possible that parents will share possession in an effort to protect the child's best interests. Legal possession allows a parent to make important decisions, such as what religion a son or daughter is exposed to.

Unwed parents and child custody laws

Roughly 40 percent of children born in Texas and throughout America are born to parents who are not married. Therefore, it is not uncommon for a child's father to not appear on a birth certificate. However, this can raise questions as to who has custody of the child and what steps each parent needs to take to formally obtain custody or visitation rights. In some states, an unwed mother will need to file for custody of a son or daughter.

Joint custody becoming more common

In previous years and decades, it wasn't uncommon for mothers to get full custody of their children after a divorce. However, there has been a shift toward shared parenting after a marriage comes to an end. Generally speaking, the courts now assume that parents should have joint legal custody of children.

Requesting child custody modification

Child custody arrangements between Texas parents living apart aren't meant to be set in stone due to the possibility of unforeseen circumstances. When this happens, parents are generally advised to make an attempt to come up with mutually acceptable adjustments. Should a court get involved, however, they are likely to consider what's in the best interest of the child when making a decision.

Custody disputes can harm children

Helicopter parenting can be a side effect of custody disputes in Texas and throughout the country. This can occur because courts tend to take into account how involved a parent is in a child's life when making a custody determination. Therefore, parents have an incentive to micromanage a child's schedule or how closely they oversee their child's activities. When children are treated in this manner, they tend to become anxious and lose the ability to learn coping skills.

Preparing for a child custody hearing

Texas parents who are going through a divorce might have to go to court if they cannot come to an agreement about custody and visitation, also known as "possession" and "access." Before going to court, a parent must send a written submission to the judge that explains their position and what they're asking for. The parent should also include copies of any documentation that will be presented in court so the judge will have the opportunity to review it beforehand.

Consistent rules help co-parents succeed after divorce

Texas couples who struggled to get along while they were together might lack confidence that they can cooperate as co-parents after their marriage comes to an end. If their children are young, the parents will have to work out a child custody schedule. During this process, they should create a clear set of expectations for their children that applies at both parental homes. This approach prevents children from viewing one parent as lenient and fun and resenting the other parent as demanding and obsessed with rules.

Chance the Rapper and fiancee seek modification

Texas music fans might be aware of the long relationship between Chance the Rapper and his fiancee, Kirsten Corley. The pair began dating in 2013 and split in 2016 before getting back together. While they were split apart, Corley filed a child custody and support petition. The couple has now returned to court to modify the court's orders ahead of their upcoming nuptials.