Working out the terms of child visitation can be stressful for both the parents and the children. In joint custody arrangements the rules that apply are more focused on equal participation than equal time with the minor children. The family courtâ€™s concern, however, is your childâ€™s best interest and the judge uses that as the standard in determining custody and visitation matters.
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.
One of the most difficult issues to resolve in a Texas divorce is child custody. Divorcing spouses often dispute who is the better parent, which can lead to using their children as weapons or bargaining chips.
At the beginning of a divorce it is not unusual for temporary child custody orders to be issued. When possible, it is best for all concerned that parents reach an agreement on child custody which can help to avoid high litigation costs and the emotional toll (http://www.nytimes.com/1983/12/13/science/divorce-s-stress-exacts-long-term-health-toll.html) that a custody battle can inflict. However, parents who cannot agree on child custody matters will have the matter decided by a judge in the Texas family courts.
In child custody cases, the goal of the Texas family court is to ensure children have frequent and continuing contact with each parent.