Determining Houston Child Custody

Photo of Birth CertificateIn most cases, it is not easy to determine child custody. If the divorce is amicable and the two parties can decide on custody arrangements, it will make things run much more smoothly and quickly; however, this is not always the case. If the divorcing parents cannot make custody arrangements on their own, the Texas Courts will step in to decide what is in the best interest of the children. Below is a list the most common issues that come up in child custody hearings; make sure to discuss how these issues relate to your case when you speak with a Houston child custody attorney.

  • Neglect and abuse. Has one parent neglected or abused the child in any way?
  • Drug and alcohol dependency. Does one parent have a drug or alcohol dependency?
  • Primary caregiver. Has one parent been the primary caregiver that has been responsible for taking care of the child’s needs?
  • Child’s special needs. Is one parent better prepared to take care of any special physical, medical, and psychological care than the other?
  • Work Schedules. Does one parent have more flexibility in work schedules to allow for more time to be with the children? Will one parent be traveling often for work and not be able to be home with the children?

This is by no means an all-inclusive list; however, these are some of the basic questions that your attorney will ask you in preparation for a court hearing. If you have any documentation, such as your work schedule or a police report to show evidence of abuse, make sure to have that available. Remember that getting custody is not about “winning” or beating your ex-spouse; it is about determining what is best for your child.

If you would like more information about how custody arrangements apply to your particular situation, please call a Houston child custody attorney at our law firm today for a consultation.

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