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Child custody: What represents the best interests of a child?

Whenever the parents of Texas children decide to get divorced, those parents may have to deal with child custody issues. It is known that the primary concern of family courts is the best interests of the children -- but what does that actually mean? Is it merely based on a judge's interpretation, or are there some set standards for a child's best interests? There appears not to be a clear answer to that question, and in child custody negotiations, parents and children often have a different perception of the concept than that of the court.

No prenuptial agreement? A postnup can protect your assets

Almost every person entering into a marriage has an asset he or she wants to protect. However, many Texas couples fail to sign a prenuptial agreement because they feel the value of their assets does not warrant it. Sooner or later, most married couples disagree on financial matters, and such disputes often lead to divorce. Fortunately, a postnuptial agreement may resolve some of the issues that threaten a marriage.

Mediation can help couples to resolve child custody issues

Many divorcing couples in Texas find it impossible to agree on matters related to child custody, also known as conservatorship and possession of their children. However, they may also not be keen to having such important decisions made by a judge in the family court who has no knowledge of the family and its dynamics. An alternative option that many parents choose is mediation. In some divorce cases, a judge may order mediation for a couple to resolve their child custody issues.

Child custody brings many less obvious responsibilities

Sole custody of a child can be obtained in various ways, including an agreement arranged by parents, a parent's death, or legal custody awarded by a Texas family court. An informal custody agreement by parents is not legal and will not hold up in court if any disputes arise. Legal child custody can be either physical custody or legal custody, or both. This is a complicated area of family law and parents may want to ensure they are informed about their legal responsibilities.

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