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Shared parenting is often optimal solution for child custody

When a couple from Texas or anywhere around the nation decides to end their marriage, the parties involved are faced with many decisions. While many of these decisions are rooted in financial matters, child custody issues quickly become the major focus in the deliberations if the couple has children together. Many family experts are advocating a move away from the traditional custody arrangements and are more often suggesting shared parenting arrangements.

In the past, courts most often granted primary custody to one parent, and the other parent had some form of visitation rights. Typically, the primary parent was the mother, leaving the father with visits every other weekend and holiday. However, this arrangement is not ideal for the children, according to child advocates.

When the parents were together, the children could spend equal time with both of them. Yet, following a split, one parent was suddenly gone from a child's everyday life. While courts claimed that actions were taken in a child's best interest, this practice tends to compound the effects of a divorce on the children involved. Many states are recognizing the benefits of having both parents actively involved in the lives of the children. Laws are being put in place that will use an equally shared custody situation as a starting point in custody discussions.

Certainly, a child's best interest is of utmost concern in child custody decisions. It is vital to have a strong advocate who can effectively seek the optimal arrangement for child custody as well as the many other issues in a divorce. A Texas divorce lawyer can help clients throughout every step of their divorce proceedings and work with them to achieve a successful outcome.

Source: lansingstatejournal.com, "Equal parenting eases trauma of divorce", Karl Dersch, April 8, 2018

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