Posted on | November 8, 2011 | No Comments
Although Texas family law does not have a preference in custody awards of minor children, the fact is more mothers than fathers end up being the custodial parent.
No one wants to engage in a custody battle, but, it is a better alternative than being cut out of your childâ€™s life. Custody is often the most contentious issue in a divorce because each parent believes themselves to be the better parent. However, custody is based on what is best for your children and the courts have long-held that a good and loving relationship with each parent is best for a child except under the most extreme circumstances.
The good news for fathers who want to play an active role in their childrenâ€™sâ€™ lives is that joint custody has become more common place. In fact, most family courts prefer divorcing couples to work out joint custody arrangements.
However, you still may be facing an ex spouse who wants sole custody. If so, then you must be prepared to show the court that you want an active role in your childâ€™s life and are a good and loving parent. A few simple steps you can take to reinforce your participation in your childâ€™s life include:
â€¢ Keeping a log of your involvement with your child such as :
o Extracurricular activities
o Doctor appointments
o School events
o PTA meetings
o Parent/teacher conferences
â€¢ Making prompt support payments
â€¢ Keeping and maintaining agreed upon visitation
â€¢ Obeying any temporary orders issued by the court
However, your Texas child custody attorney should be prepared to take your case to trial if necessary, in order to protect your rightsâ€”and the rights of your child to have his or her father in their life.
An experienced Texas child custody lawyer protects fathersâ€™ rights
Custody battles can be very difficult but you should never attempt to use support or other coercive methods to leverage custody. To discuss the legal options in your child custody matter, contact us online or call (972) 562-0266 to schedule an appointment.