CHILD CUSTODY & VISITATION ISSUES | BEFORE, DURING & AFTER YOUR DIVORCE
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 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.
Here at Alexandra Geczi PLLC | Family Law, 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 have lots of resources to help our clients figure out creative schedules to fit their family needs.
We also have a team of professionals and a library of information 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, but also have professionals to help your children understand what is going on. And for those that therapy is not a good fit, 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 that unless there is some type of abuse or extreme behavior involved, they will attempt to ensure that the child is able to have meaningful time with both parents. Encouraging strong bonds with both parents is very important, and is typically going to be the goal of the courts.
Whether you are looking to have an initial custodial arrangement or parenting plan worked out (as in a divorce or paternity suit), or you need to have an existing situation modified or enforced, we can help. Contact us to discuss your options and begin the process of creating or updating your child custody agreements.