When a married couple in Texas or elsewhere decides to divorce, the decision undoubtedly has a significant impact on their children’s lives. Whether there is one or more children involved, parents must forge a child custody agreement when they take legal steps to finalize their divorce. There are typically numerous options available to resolve any disagreements parents might have regarding where their children should live or other important issues.
The court typically believes most children fare best in divorce when they maintain active, healthy relationships with both parents. A good parent has his or her child’s best interests in mind. Therefore, spouses who are willing to avoid litigation and cooperate and compromise as needed for the sake of their children may wish to consider alternative dispute resolution as an option.
One form of alternative dispute resolution is divorce mediation. This method includes negotiation sessions where parents agree to meet and discuss child custody, property division and any other divorce-related issue that affects settlement. The discussions are non-confrontational, and both parties must commit to resolving issues in a peaceful manner. Collaborative law is another options that is similar to mediation in that spouses agree to settle their differences out of court.
Child custody is a top priority issue for Texas parents who decide to divorce. While an agreement is not necessarily permanent, once it is signed and the court executes an order, both parents must fully adhere to its terms or risk being held in contempt. At Warmbrodt & Associates, PLLC, an experienced legal team is available to provide guidance and support as you make plans to settle your divorce and help your children adapt to a new lifestyle.