When Texas parents decide that they re no longer going to be together there are many things they need to work out, especially when children are involved. Child custody is one issue that can be particularly difficult. Parents may have questions as to how child custody is awarded and what factors the court considers.
There are many factors that Texas courts consider when awarding child custody. The court gets involved in a parenting plan when parents cannot agree on custody themselves or through mediation. Child custody determined by the court is done based on the best interests of the child. The court considers many factors in awarding physical custody including:
- History of contact between parent and child.
- Relationship between parent and child.
- Health, safety and welfare of the child.
- Health of the parent.
- How close the parents live to each other.
- Where the parents live.
- If there is any child abuse or domestic abuse.
- Each parents finances.
A legal professional who is skilled in child custody understands that child custody issues are hard to navigate on their own. An attorney can help find a plan that takes everyone’s needs into consideration, with the best interests of the child at the forefront. They can help answer their client’s questions and walk them through the child custody process which is different if the parents were married or were not. Because the courts have a lot of power in Texas it is imperative that a parent has an attorney on their side. An attorney is an important member of a child custody arrangement and can ensure that their client and the child’s best interests are protected.