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What Texas Courts Consider When Determining Child Custody

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2022 | Family Law

When you and your spouse get a divorce, and you have children, family law requires the court to decide about child custody. The court will look at various factors to determine what is in the child’s best interests.

The relationship of the child with each parent

The legal system looks at how close the child is to each parent and whether that parent has been involved in the child’s life. In this case, the court may prefer the parent who has been more involved. Courts may also look at which parent has provided more care for the child in terms of meeting their physical and emotional needs.

Legal representatives will examine the child’s relationship with siblings and other family members when deciding custody. The court may prefer the parent who can provide the child with more stability in their relationships.

The child’s preference

The child’s preference regarding which parent they would like to live with is also essential. In some cases, the child may have a strong choice for one parent over the other, and the court will consider this when making a custody determination. However, the court may also consider the child’s age and maturity when making this determination.

The parent’s ability to provide a stable home

The family law court will also look at the parent’s ability to provide a stable home for the child. In this case, it may look at the parent’s employment situation and whether they have a safe and secure place to live. Parents’ financial situations are considered during this time. The court may also look at the parent’s criminal history when making a custody determination. Preference will be given to the parent with a more stable home and financial situation and without a criminal record.

If you want to increase your chances of getting custody, you should ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork. You should also make sure that you have a solid case for why you should have custody, including evidence of your relationship with your child and your ability to provide a stable home.