Every family is different, and the divorce-related choices that may have worked for one family may not work for another. Child custody is one of the most complex aspects of any divorce, and many Texas families choose to share custody or opt for a joint custody arrangement as a way to preserve the best interests of their children. However, this is not always the best solution and joint custody may not work long-term.
Life continues to change after divorce
Divorce will inevitably bring significant changes to the lives of every member of the family. While shared or joint custody may have worked initially, certain factors may have caused it to become more difficult over time. When this happens, it may help parents to consider moving closer to each other so that children do not have to travel as far between homes. This may reduce the stress on the kids.
Texas parents may also find that their children benefit from therapy. The transition of divorce can be traumatic for kids, and their emotional struggles can add complications to a shared parenting arrangement. It may also help to revisit schedules, establish boundaries and take steps to provide kids with as much continuity of lifestyle as possible.
The right option for a family
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to child custody. While shared custody is often a beneficial choice, it is not always the most appropriate or best choice for an individual situation. If a parent is considering shared custody or is considering changing their parenting plan, it will be helpful to first discuss this option with an experienced attorney.