There are many ways to parent a child. Sometimes this looks like two parents working together to raise a child in the same household. However, in other situations, this may look like each parent parenting the child in each of their households due to a divorce or a separation. Because child custody can look vastly different from one family to the next, it is important to consider certain factors when developing a parenting plan.
The end of a marriage brings about many changes. It turns a married spouse into a single individual, it causes one or both spouses to move to a new place, it results in property being divided and it causes children involved to split their time with their parents. It can be difficult on parents to go from spending all of their time with their child to only half the time or less. However, establishing a custody arrangement is necessary.
When parents split, the dynamics of the family often change. In some cases, one parent takes on the role as custodial parent while the other parent serves as the noncustodial parent. While the noncustodial parent does not see the child or children as much, they are still part of their lives. Even though the child custody arrangement allows for frequent visitations, if a custodial parent seeks to relocate, this could cause an alteration to this arrangement.
Many fathers consign themselves to a life of back-seat parenting of their children because they mistakenly believe the Texas family courts thumb the scale in favor of the mother. But that is not necessarily true.
Co-parenting has its challenges, but when both parents want to remain in a vital role in a child's life, this means taking the time to establish a child custody order. When a custody order is in place, both parents are required to abide by it. Failure to do so could have repercussions. Take, for example, the current climate discussed in El Paso. Based on current reports, fathers across Texas are asserting that they are being denied their right to see their children.
No two families are alike. Some parents have been married for years, while other families are built with unmarried parents. For some families, parents may be separated with the children sharing time with each parent. And, in some cases, only one parent is raising the child. Nonetheless, when parents split, child custody needs to be addressed. Based on the circumstances and factors surrounding the divorce, child custody can look very different for any given family situation.
Divorcing with children can be a very trying and emotional time. Much like spouses do not see eye-to-eye on divorce issues they are working through, divorcing parents too face problems and issues of not agreeing with on another. Although both parents may have the best interests of the child in mind, this does not always translate into a workable agreement. Because of this, child custody can look different from one family to the next in Texas and elsewhere.
Parents in Texas and other states across the nation have an idea of what parenting will look like from childbirth until the age of majority. Unfortunately, these ideas do not always play out. Certain life events, like divorce, can interrupt the intentions parents have. However, it is possible for divorce parents to still work together to meet these goals as much as possible.
Divorcing parents in Texas and elsewhere may be facing many challenging issues. But, they likely have certain expectations when it comes to the divorce process. Because the growing trend is for parents to co-parent and reach a joint custody agreement, divorcing parents believe that they are entitled to 50 percent or nearly 50 percent of the time with his or her child. While this is often the case, there are matters where one parent might be able to obtain full custody of the child or children.
Caring for a child requires attention, time and dedication. While doing the bare minimum may seem enough to maintain the basic needs of a child, some parents view this as not doing enough to meet the emotional, physical and mental needs of the child. This is especially true when a child is faced with certain medical conditions. Following divorce, if a parent in Texas does not timely, properly and continually address these needs, this can be considered to be neglectful and harmful for the child.