Child Custody & Visitation Issues
When going through a divorce, one of the most difficult details to resolve is the custody arrangement and visitation schedule. We want to shield our children from the damaging effects of divorce or parental separation. Co-parenting is ideal, but it’s not always possible, especially when one parent is a narcissist or alienating. Parents who can come to mutual agreements on everything else during a divorce may often fight bitterly about visitation and custody.
Support Before, During, And After Divorce
Here at Alexandra Geczi PLLC, we have helped hundreds of clients figure out child custody arrangements. Although the State of Texas sets out a standard possession schedule, that standard may not be a good fit for everyone. We also have many resources to help our clients figure out creative schedules to fit their family needs.
To offer you the best possible support, Alexandra Geczi PLLC has a team of professionals and a library of information available to help our clients address some of the emotional aspects of custody and visitation during divorce. For example, we rely on a range of therapists to help you deal with the grief, anxiety, shame, and other feelings that you may be experiencing surrounding this process, and we also have professionals to help your children understand what is going on. For those who want an option other than therapy, we have other resources on how to answer the tough questions that children will ask about divorce and separation.
Determining Child Custody
There are many factors that may be considered when determining child custody. In an ideal situation, both parents will be able to work out an arrangement that is acceptable for everyone. This helps to keep stress and fighting to a minimum, which is important for the children. When this is not possible, however, the following factors may be taken into account by mediators or judges:
- Work schedules
- Locations of parents
- School locations
- Age of children
- Abuse or neglect
- Desires of children
- And more
While the courts will listen to arguments, often the end result is an attempt to ensure that the child can have meaningful time with both parents, unless there is some type of abuse or extreme behavior involved. Encouraging strong bonds with both parents is very important, and that will typically be the goal of the courts.
Whether you need to have an existing child custody situation modified or enforced, or you need to develop an initial custodial arrangement or parenting plan, Alexandra Geczi PLLC can help. Begin the process today and contact us to discuss your options!