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Why might a Texas couple want to mediate child custody issues?

A litigated divorce can be a costly process. Not only is it costly financially, but it also costs time and emotional stress. This may especially be true if the divorcing couple has children, meaning child custody decisions must be made. It is important for parents in Houston to realize that they will still share a common link -- their child. This means that they will have to work together to raise their child, even though they are no longer romantically involved. It also means that, for the sake of all involved, parents may want to try coming to an agreement on child custody issues on their own, rather than drawing things out in litigation.

Both parents are pivotal in raising a child post-divorce

When parents in Texas divorced, it used to be the case that whichever parent was the "primary caretaker" (often the mother) would automatically get custody of the child, and the child's other parent (often the father) would have visitation rights. However, these days many courts and experts recognize that both parents play an important role in a child's life, and to this end, co-parenting and shared custody is becoming more common. In fact, some states in our nation, Texas included, are considering legislation that would either promote shared parenting or even make it the defaultchild custody arrangement.

Bird's nesting: a unique take on child custody

Some people in Houston may assume that when it comes to child custody after divorce, the child will inevitably be shuttled back and forth between each parent's house. While this is the norm in Texas, and pretty much everywhere else, parents who are concerned about the upheaval this will cause their child may be interested in an alternative child custody arrangement: bird's nesting.

Where will a child in Texas spend the holidays after a divorce?

Once the turkey has been eaten, football games have been watched and "Black Friday" shoppers have flocked to Houston stores in droves, this means the start of the winter holiday season is upon us. Soon will come the time of gift-giving, feasting and celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another. However, this time of year can be complicated for parents who are divorced, particularly when it comes to child custody.

"Best Interest" in Child Custody

What is "best interest" in Child Custody? I receive many inquiries about what does "best interest" mean in context of child custody?   There is no definition in the Texas Family Code for "best interest" of a child.  It is a lot like "beauty" in that its definition lies in the eye of the beholder, the tryer of facts in the case, whether it's the judge or a jury.  

'Tis the season to review your child custody holiday schedule

For many people in Houston, autumn and winter are their favorite seasons due to the many holidays celebrated these months. This is especially true for families with children, who want to make happy holiday memories that will last their child's lifetime. Of course, families come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes a child's parents are divorced. However, even divorced parents can take steps to ensure that the fall and winter holidays run smoothly, so that their child still experiences the wonder of the season.

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