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Best interest of child focus of child custody cases in Texas

In Texas and elsewhere, divorce can be a bitter experience. This is particularly true when parents do not agree on matters such as child custody. An attorney can help address these issues appropriately while keeping the focus on the health and well-being of the child.

The primary concern of child custody proceedings in Texas is the best interests of the children involved. It is by this legal standard that a court will resolve any disputes. Unfortunately, emotionally charged parents sometimes focus more on themselves than what is really best for their children.

The courts in Texas start from the premise that children must have continuing and frequent contact with parents who have demonstrated that they can act in the children's best interests. These parents must have shown that they can provide a nonviolent, safe and stable environment for the children. It is encouraged that parents share in the duties and rights of rearing their children following divorce.

Parents, at times, have very different ideas of what is truly the most favorable living situation for the children involved. In fact, a high level of conflict is not uncommon during child custody proceedings, especially in cases that involve complex matters such as children with special needs, interstate or even international custody issues. An attorney can help a parent to tackle child custody disputes in a way that insulates the child as much as possible from the negative effects of litigation while ensuring that a parent's proper parenting rights are pursued in a manner that seeks to protect the client's relationship with the child.

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