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Mastering the art of co-parenting after divorce

Many Texans have ideas of what it will like to be a parent, but the reality is often much more than a person can imagine. It is a love like never before, and this level of love and desire to care for a child can make it challenging to address major life changes, such as divorce. Ending a marriage means that parents need to establish a child custody arrangement. On paper, this might seem straightforward. However, in action, this process is challenging, as it is often difficult for divorcing parents to reach an amicable agreement.

Reasons to modify child custody

From the time of their child's birth until adulthood, parents in Texas have to make a multitude of decision for their child. This typically means deciding what the child's needs are, what school they will attend, how to discipline them, what extracurricular activities they will be involved and other details on the way the child will be raised. When a child's parents are divorced, their child custody order will dictate whether one or both parents have the right to make these types of decisions. However, if a parent seeks to alter how physical and legal custody currently looks, it might be possible to seek a child custody modification.

Asserting your rights when establishing child custody

While we try to prevent it, it is sometimes impossible to avoid having certain events impact your life and the lives of others. Divorce is one of those events. It is not only a shocking, sad and emotional time; it is also one that stresses the relationship between a child and their parent. Because both parents likely want to protect this relationship, they will take steps to develop a child custody arrangement that helps ensure that their relationship with their child is not harmed or destroyed.

Can drug or alcohol abuse affect child custody in your divorce?

For many divorcing couples, the two biggest points of contention are how to divide the marital assets and how to handle child custody and visitation. Many times, both parents want to play a substantial role in the lives of the children. That can lead to issues such as both parents seeking sole custody. Other times, parents may see gaining custody as a way to "win" in a divorce. However, in some cases, one parent may seek sole or primary custody to protect the children.

How counter-parenting harms co-parenting

When it comes to parenting, Texas parents approach this task differently. While some utilize books, blogs and medical professionals to guide them with any issue that might pop up, others rely on instincts. However, when it comes to parenting a child during and after divorce, many parents seek advice on making this easier for themselves and their children.

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.