Unfortunately, some Texas parents end up in a custody battle worthy of Hollywood. They are unable to move past the emotional fallout of a divorce and seek to “punish” the other parent by denying him or her access to the children. This could ultimately cause the children issues in the future.
The fact is that unless there is some issue such as child abuse or substance abuse that makes the other parent unfit, the children deserve to spend time with both parents. If a Texas resident really stopped and looked at the situation, he or she may find that even though the marital relationship was lacking, the other parent truly loves and supports the children and should be in their lives. When both parties can recognize and admit this, they may be able to put aside their feelings about the other parent and focus on the needs of their children.
Instead of bowing to emotions, both parents could work together to come to a custody arrangement that benefits everyone involved, especially the children. Designing a plan together allows parents to retain control of their futures as individuals and parents. Any agreement they reach can be tailored to the needs of the children and the desires of the parents.
Attempting to go work through custody issues in a divorce without the benefit of legal help could result in the need for future court appearances. The guidance and assistance that a legal advocate can provide could mean the difference between a plan that will work well into the future and one that requires periodic overhauls. In addition, any agreement the parents come to needs the approval of the court, and an attorney could help ensure that it is received.
Source: The Huffington Post, “The Secret To A Successful And Happy Divorce“, David Wygant, June 3, 2017