Texas law generally prefers that parents share custody of their children after a divorce. However, this assumes that both parents are emotionally, physically and financially capable of doing so. Let’s take a look at some variables a court will likely consider before determining if joint custody is in your child’s best interest.
Can you provide adequate accommodations?
If you receive joint physical custody of your son or daughter, he or she will live in your home on a regular basis. At a minimum, your child will have his or her own room to sleep in, do homework or simply get away from everyone else in the house. You should also assess whether you live in an area that is suitable for a child. For instance, it may not be appropriate for a minor to spend time in neighborhoods known for gang activity, drug use or other questionable activities.
Will your schedule allow you to be there for your children?
You may believe that it’s possible to be both a model parent and model employee. However, it’s important to be realistic when considering how much time you can devote to your children without jeopardizing your standing at work. If you’re required to be at work from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, it’s going to be difficult to pick your kids up at school or after soccer practice.
Furthermore, you may not be around to ensure that they get on the bus in the morning. In such a scenario, it might be best to simply allow your child’s other parent to have full custody while you obtain visitation rights. It’s always important to remember that the best child custody arrangement is the one that best meets your son or daughter’s needs.
If you have questions about your rights as a parent after a divorce, it may be a good idea to speak with an attorney. He or she may be able to explain what it means to have custody as opposed to having visitation rights to a son or daughter.