Child Custody And The Child’s Best Interest

When a Texas court hears a child custody case, the focus is on reaching an agreement that is in keeping with the best interest of the child or children in question. If this seems vague to you, look into the specifics of what the best interest of the child means in terms of conservatorship. The following are the main factors considered in a child custody case:

  • Stability of the home life. The judge will evaluate the day-to-day lifestyle of each parent in order to determine how suitable each one is for raising children properly. This can include lifestyle choices such as alcohol use and social circles.
  • An inclination to encourage a healthy relationship between parents. This is especially vital in cases of contentious or “toxic” divorces. Texas courts typically prefer that both parents remain involved in their children’s lives.
  • The mental and physical wellbeing of both parents.
  • Current involvement of each parent in the child’s life. This may include knowledge of daily activities or emotional ties between parent and child.
  • The capability of each parent to provide a proper home, food, medical care, clothing, and education. This may also include the quality of the schools in the area where the parent lives.
  • Children over 12 may be allowed a say in which parent they prefer to live with.

If possible, joint conservatorship is the goal, because having both parents involved is typically deemed as being in the child’s best interest. Non-custodial parents can have an opportunity for visits on weekends, holidays, birthdays, and school vacations, provided they are deemed fit to care for the child. Should circumstances change, a child custody agreement can be modified based on new circumstances and can include a change of residence, marriage, adoption, or a lifestyle change that impacts the child. Your family law attorney can help you navigate these factors and bring you closer to the outcome you want. Child custody cases are stressful, emotionally draining, and worrisome, so enlist the help of a lawyer who is experienced in family law to make the ordeal easier. Call Espronceda Law today to get started on your case.

 

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