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September 2014 Archives

Approaching a lawyer can help in child custody agreements

Couples going through a divorce in Texas have to make many important and difficult decisions, one of which is determining who will have custody of children and where children will live. Even though there is a presumption of parents working out a plan to co-parent their children and make important decisions regarding their children's future together, this is not the way every situation plays out, as practical decisions may take a back seat to emotions during a particularly acrimonious divorce.

How does the best interests of the child impact child custody?

Child custody issues impact many families, but many parents may not understand how Texas courts make child custody decisions. Courts may evaluate each parent's capacity to care for the child under the circumstances, but the focus of their decision isn't on the parents so much as on the child. In general, child custody decisions are based on a legal standard known as "the best interests of the child." To arrive at the best interests of the child, courts will consider a variety of factors.