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Can the age of a child impact a custody arrangement?

When married parents decide to call it quits, their main focus is likely on their children and how this life event will impact not only their children but also their relationship with them. Because of that, child custody disputes tend to arise. While this is a common divorce issue parents face, it is not an easy one to work through. Parents not only have to think about their needs and how their life accommodates their child or children, but they also need to focus on the best interests of their child. The best interest standard is not always completely clear, as many factors involved in the process can impact the resulting order.

Drug or alcohol allegations could impact child custody

When parents go through a divorce, this is a life-changing event not only for the adults, but for the children as well. Based on the factors addressed during the divorce process, parents might be awarded primary custody, joint custody or visitation. If negative information is used against you when you are in a child custody dispute, this could harm your ability to spend time with your children or even have access to them.

Co-parenting plans must be flexible during the school year

Fall brings with it a certain freedom for parents. Children head back to school, allowing parents to work full time instead of caring for the kids or to simply attend to household needs without any distractions. For divorced or divorcing parents, however, the beginning of the school year can put a lot of strain on a co-parenting plan.

Decisions made by divorcing parents

No couple enters a marriage or starts a family with the idea that they will not remain together. Unfortunately, roughly half of all marriages end in divorce, meaning some Texas parents must face the reality of spending less time with their children. Although there are countless vital decisions that must be made during dissolution, those decisions focused on the child or children are imperative.

Understanding child custody laws in Texas

Parents are often faced with difficult decisions. Divorce is no exception. While young children might not realize how the divorce process can impact their life, the fact of the matter is that a child's life will be different post-divorce. No matter the age of a child, parents much decide what custody arrangement is best for everyone involved, even if losing parenting time, can be a difficult reality to accept. However, understanding your rights as they relate to the laws in your state is imperative.

Helping you reach an amicable child custody agreement

Children are a pivotal part of a family. Parents in Texas and elsewhere will likely move mountains to please their children and meet their needs. Much pressure and difficulty can be placed on this task during and after divorce. The transition from a one family home to a two family home is not only challenging for parents, but this foreign lifestyle can be emotionally taxing on the children involved. Thus, it is important for parents, no matter their stance or animosity with their exs, to consider the best interests of the children when developing a child custody arrangement.

How divorce could impact your child with autism

Divorce is often a watershed moment for children and teens. It can change everything in their lives, from where they go to school and where they live to their feeling of security. When your child has specific struggles with emotional and social issues, divorce can have a lasting and confusing impact on the child. Autistic children often have intense emotions that they can struggle to communicate effectively at younger ages. As a result, these children need special support and engagement during divorce proceedings. Being proactive in your approach is the best way to protect autistic children.

Can I stop someone else from seeing my child during visitation?

On concern that a Texas mother or father who does not live with the child's other parent might have is with whom the other parent will allow the child to associate. Hopefully, both parents will work hard to put the child's welfare first and, thus, not allow the child to hang around friends and relatives who might be a bad influence or even outright harm the child.

Helping your special needs child communicate

If after getting divorced you are not the primary custodial parent of your child, you may be limited in the amount of time you are allotted for visitation. If such is the case, you may be worried about maintaining and strengthening your bond with your child, especially if he or she has special needs.