When Texas parents are going through a divorce, child custody is often a concern. In the past, it was often the case that one parent would end up being awarded primary physical custody of the children, with the other parent having limited time with the kids on weekends and certain holidays. Most often, it was the mother that was awarded custody. Unfortunately, these agreements sometimes left noncustodial parents and children feeling like strangers to each other.
A change has started to emerge around the country, with society developing different ideas about the parent-child relationship and the importance of children having ample time with each parent. As a result, there been a move toward shared parenting in which each parent gets to spend significant amounts of time with their child or children. While this isn’t always possible, in many cases where there isn’t a lot of conflict between parents, shared parenting can make a great deal of sense.
Proponents of shared parenting argue that these agreements are in the best interests of the child. The child gets to spend time with both parents and develops a significant bond over the years. Several state legislatures are considering bills that take these issues into account. The result in many cases would be stronger parent-child bonds which may result in better outcomes for children of divorced parents.
Child custody disputes are unfortunately a byproduct of many shattered marriages, and in some cases the parents are so concerned with winning a battle that they fail to take the best interests of their children into account. A parent who is in this situation may wish to obtain the assistance of a family law attorney in negotiating an agreement that will seek to give both the mother and the father a roughly equal amount of parenting time.