Child custody can be one of the thorniest and most emotional issues to handle when Texas couples decide to divorce. Both parents have an equal right to seek and obtain physical custody of their child, and most family law courts prefer agreements developed by the parents themselves with their lawyers. However, in more contentious cases, a family court judge makes a decision about who will get primary physical custody. In these situations, the parent that is determined to have been the child's "primary caretaker" may be awarded custody.
Texas parents who are seeking sole possession of their children may be interested to learn that on Oct. 6, actress Audrina Patridge was granted full custody of her 15-month-old daughter. The 32-year-old actress was married to her husband for 10 months before filing for divorce.
Texas television fans may be interested to learn that it has been reported that Jesse Williams, an actor who stars in "Grey's Anatomy", and his former wife have reached an agreement with regards to the custody of their children. According to reports, the two parents will share joint legal custody of their son and daughter. There was no mention of any physical custody arrangement.
Most divorced or separated parents in Texas work hard to maintain a positive relationship with the other parent of their child or children. Unfortunately, there are situations in which one parent is no longer acting in good faith and engages in toxic behavior. This behavior can make it difficult for the parents to work together to meet the needs of their children.
Divorced Texas parents might struggle to establish consistent rules for their children as the children move between the parents' two households. However, establishing this consistency is important. It provides stability and structure for children at a time of uncertainty and upheaval. Parents should make an effort to sit down together and talk about how they can make their household rules more consistent. Children who are old enough may want to participate in this process as well. Before this meeting, parents might want to think about what points they are willing to compromise on and which ones they can be more flexible about.
Texas parents who are considering a divorce may be interested to learn that, in about 80 percent of child custody cases, custody of the children is still awarded to the mother. While mothers may be happy about this at first, it can potentially keep mothers trapped in the homemaker role and prevent them from finding a place in the workforce.
Texas parents are entitled to certain rights with respect to their children and have certain obligations. However, there are situations in which a court will terminate parental rights, effectively ending the legal relationship between the child and the parent. This can occur when a parent commits a certain crime or when a father does not claim paternity. Parents are also able to voluntarily terminate or give up their parental rights.
Divorce can be a time of very high emotions and tensions, and for many Texas couples with children, the animosity can extend to custody and support. However, parents do have options for resolving custody issues together, without ending up in a drawn-out, potentially expensive, and often more hurtful courtroom battle.
Texas parents who are no longer in a relationship know that their children remain a connection between them. After negotiating custody and support, parents still need to continue navigating the raising of the children. This includes regular exchanges when children go from the physical custody of a parent to another.
Texas fathers may spend more time with their children and consider parenting more central to their identity than fathers in previous decades, but they are still not spending as much time on child care as mothers. Almost twice as many fathers as mothers say they do not spend enough time with their children. These were among the findings nationwide of a Pew Research Center survey from 2015.