Texas residents know that divorces or other relationship break-ups can be a difficult time in anyone's life, but if there are children involved from the relationship the circumstances can be even more complicated. When there are children involved, you can't just move on, in most cases. Couples will need to reach an agreement, or have a judge make a ruling, on child custody.
There is no doubt that child custody disputes can be the messiest part of a divorce. The vast majority of Texas residents who have children are good parents who want what is best for their kids. However, sometimes each parent has their own interpretation of what is best. In a child custody dispute, it is important to know your options.
First and foremost, most people will agree that it is better for the divorcing parents to attempt to reach an understanding out-of-court. Not only will this approach usually save time and expense, it will also likely lead to a more stable child custody arrangement that won't need to be changed too drastically over time. The parties can work out an agreement on what is best for all parties involved.
However, there are other cases in which there is no choice but to argue the facts in front of a judge. Judges in Texas will adhere to the standard of "best interests of the child" in making a decision in these types of cases. When litigation is necessary, strong advocacy is essential. For more information about how our law firm attempts to help Texas residents who are facing a child custody dispute, please visit our website.