The birth of a child to happily married parents can be one of the most beautiful and important times in their entire lives. But what happens when the marriage begins to go through trouble and falls apart? One of the main things couples should take into consideration when going through divorce proceedings is their children’s well-being. After all, their safety, happiness and transition should be one of the most important priorities.
To help your family during the process, the divorce lawyers from Barrera Sanchez & Associates, P.C. have prepared the information you need.
The Basics of Child Custody
According to our attorneys, Marcus C. Barrera and Edward P. Sanchez, “the most common problem in custody disputes involves the creation of a custody agreement that reasonably balances a parent’s possession of their children while keeping the children’s best interest in mind”
The truth is that divorce proceedings increase in intensity when children are involved. It’s not uncommon for parents to go toe-to-toe when arguing about custodial rights. If an agreement can’t be reached, it’s up to the court to make a decision.
While Texas Law stipulates joint custody to be in the best interest of children, a parent who is deemed unfit to provide a stable and healthy environment for the child will not be granted sole conservatorship or joint managing conservatorship.
Likewise, if a child is believed to be endangered, the court can void rights such as visitation, assigned holidays and weekend privileges. One of the best ways to avoid confusion and heated arguments is to fully understand the Texas Family Code, which is something our McAllen divorce attorneys are fully knowledgeable with.
For Your Child’s Benefit
Once an agreement is reached, it’s the children who have to deal with the most amount of change. They’ll have to cope with the fact that their parents will no longer be together as well as the hardships that come with regularly moving from one house to another. Some of the best ways you can help your children with the transition include:
- Teaching them that the divorce was a result of the parents’ issues and is not their fault.
- Moving from one house to the next on a regular basis does not have to be negative. Explain to your children that this allows equal time to be spent with each parent.
- Even if you find it difficult, being civil with your spouse will keep things running much more smoothly. It may take a while to get used to, but maintaining a great level of communication and being fair with each other will help children adjust faster.
- Regularly talk with your children and maintain your relationship with them so they can communicate their concerns with you.
Let Us Help
At Barrera Sanchez & Associates, P.C., we understand your divorce can take an emotional toll on everyone involved, especially your children. Let us find the best way to lead you through your divorce process while prioritizing your child’s needs. For more information about our services, give us a call in McAllen today.