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What is in the best interest of the child in a divorce?

One of the most important considerations for Texas parents who are going through a divorce is doing what is in the best interest of the child. Keeping the child's best interest in mind makes a difference when it comes to possession, visitation and other issues concerning the child's care. Although child welfare is always the court's main consideration, there are several factors taken into account that influence a child's living arrangements and interaction with the non-custodial parent, when applicable.

The primary determining factors include what type of child custody arrangement is best for the child and which parent has the best resources for the child's care. State law summarizes the criteria that a judge or court uses in order for parents to understand their obligations.

One of the things that plays a major role is the timeliness of permanency arrangements. Other important considerations include the relationship between the child and other relatives, including siblings. The parents must demonstrate their ability to provide for the child's needs. Also taken into account is the mental and physical health of both the child and each of the parents.

It is possible for a couple to avoid potential child custody disputes by working together to come up with a custody arrangement that works well for all parties. However, many divorces are not amicable, and coming to an agreement may take some effort as well as a willingness to compromise. Consulting with a lawyer is a good way to ensure that the situation receives proper attention.

Source: Child Welfare.gov, "Determining the Best Interests of the Child", December 04, 2014

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