Do You Need Help Making Child Custody Decisions?
There are a variety of difficult decisions that must be made during the divorce process, and those regarding child custody are often the hardest. This is understandable as these are major decisions that will have a huge impact on your children and their future. Parents with custody of their children will not only have the responsibility of taking care of their kids’ day-to-day needs, but must also determine their place of residence, make important health care decisions and much more.
Factors Affecting Sole Or Joint Custody Arrangements
Court orders regarding child custody in the state of Texas are centered around creating an agreement that favors the best interests of the child. Because of this, courts will often look to both parents to come up with a plan for joint custody over the children, as frequent contact with both parents is usually best for them. However, in certain instances, it may be better for only one of the parents to have sole custody of the child.
Some of the factors that may affect child custody arrangements include:
- The suitability and stability of the home environment
- The ability of each parent to care for the child
- A history of, or potential for, abuse or neglect
- Evidence of drug or alcohol abuse in the home
- The reasonable preferences of the child, if they are over the age of 12
Personalized Service Customized To Your Needs
Attorney Catherine Benouis at Benouis Law, is highly experienced in handling child custody cases and can assist clients in creating a joint agreement, having their rights protected in court or anything in between. Ms. Benouis is dedicated to personalized family law service that is customized to your needs and can take a traditional or collaborative approach to your divorce, according to the unique requirements of your situation.