When parents in Texas divorce, decisions will have to be made about who will have custody of their children. These can be emotional decisions, especially if both parents are worried about how much time they will have with their children post-divorce. Even celebrities are not immune to child custody issues.
Kelly Clarkson wins primary physical custody of her children
One celebrity divorce we have discussed on this blog in the past is the divorce between Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock. According to court documents, the two will share joint physical and legal custody of their children. Clarkson will have primary physical custody of the couple’s six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son in Los Angeles.
According to the ruling, Clarkson will have primary custody in the interest of providing the children with the stability and continuity they need. The document states that the couple has had trouble co-parenting citing trust issues and increased conflict.
While the children will live with Clarkson, Blackstock will FaceTime them each day, and weekend, holiday and school break details have been laid out. In addition, Clarkson and Blackstock must not badmouth one another to the children and both will be named as emergency contacts on school forms.
Child custody under Texas law
In Texas child custody cases, joint custody, referred to as “joint managing conservatorship” is favored unless it is not in the best interests of the child. This does not mean, though, that each parent will spend exactly 50% of the time with their child. Any conservatorship decisions must be made in the best interests of the child. Sometimes, such as the case with Clarkson and Blackstock, courts will have to lay out a detailed plan on when and how a parent will spend time with their child.
Seek legal advice if you are divorcing in Texas
Ultimately, when parents divorce emotions can run high. For this reason, it can help to seek legal advice, which this post does not provide. A family law attorney can assess your situation objectively and provide you with information on your rights and options so you can make informed decisions moving forward.