It is not always easy to predict when a marriage will end, and sometimes, Texas couples are not willing to delay this process any longer than necessary, even if the mother is pregnant. Pregnancy can be a complicating factor in any divorce, and there are sensitive issues to navigate before reaching a final order. With a willingness to work together and a goal of a beneficial custody agreement, it is possible to avoid unnecessary complications.
The mother must take care of herself during pregnancy, and spouses will have to figure out how they can share medical expenses and address other practical needs related to the pregnancy. After the birth, parents will want to share visitation time. In many ways, a divorce while pregnant is similar to a normal divorce.
Whether a mother is pregnant or not, she will find it beneficial to think long-term when making choices that will impact her and her child. While she will want to protect her own rights, she also likely wants to do whatever is necessary to protect the best interests of her child. In reality, this likely means allowing the child to have regular access to both parents after the birth.
A beneficial child custody arrangement looks different for every Texas family. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to these concerns, and it is possible to negotiate an arrangement that will work for a family’s or parents’ unique circumstances. Before agreeing to any terms, it may help to discuss terms with an experienced attorney about the complexities of divorce while pregnant.