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When unmarried parents have child custody issues

Children of unmarried parents have a bit different situation than children whose parents are married. In most cases around the country, an unwed mother who is considered a fit parent will be granted physical custody or as it is dubbed in Texas law, 'possession" of her children. However, a father can act through the courts to establish visitation or 'access" to his children. In child custody and visitation cases across the nation, the courts will always keep the best interests of the child in the forefront of the decision-making process.

Father's rights and child custody

Many fathers in Texas wonder how much they will see their children if they file for divorce. In many states, judges prefer to award joint custody to parents. It is important for fathers to know that they can get full custody of their children if it is in their children's best interest.

Regaining child custody

Losing custody of a child can be a very difficult experience. However, the loss of custody does not have to be permanent. Even though it is a very difficult process, many Texas parents may regain their custody rights.

Custody battles can cost more than legal fees

Contested divorces where children are involved can trigger emotions and behavior in people that seem completely out of character. Perhaps that can be explained with an understanding of how feelings of love and trust have been shattered and replaced by those of betrayal and doubt. Whatever the status of the relationship between the spouses, continued animosity and attempts to punish the other can be self-destructive and traumatic for all of the parties concerned.

What happens when the father isn't married to the mother

Roughly 40 percent of children born in Texas and throughout America are born to unmarried parents. However, even if a child is born to parents who aren't married, the mothers are not necessarily granted sole custody of the child. In some states, they must formally request it, and the father may also have custody or visitation rights if he is fit to have them. Furthermore, paternity must be established before a father can obtain rights to a child.

Post-divorce co-parenting lessons

Ending a marriage in Texas doesn't mean the end of parenting responsibilities, especially when children will be spending time in two homes. When obligations involving the kids are shared among divorced couples, it may suddenly become clear that each individual has a very different parenting style. Other times, there may be lingering issues between people that can make it difficult to co-parent effectively. What some parents forget when making the transition to a post-divorce life is that it's about their kids' best interests.

Tips to prepare for a child custody hearing

It is best if parents in Texas who are getting a divorce can avoid a child custody battle in court. They might be able to compromise on a joint custody solution. However, if both parents want sole custody and neither is willing to budge, having a judge decide may be the only solution.

Refusing visitation is a risky proposal for parents

Texas parents likely understand that regular parenting time schedules are designed to provide both parents regular access and visitation to children even though the kids may be primarily in the custody and possession of the other parent. Unfortunately, even the best of plans sometimes fail to hold up in real world circumstances. In situations where a parent may be concerned about child safety, there are protocols for deviating from the scheduled plan.