The issues surrounding child custody can become very heated when a couple is right in the middle of a Houston divorce. In fact, this is one of the major points that many couples struggle with. Though it's best to work with your ex-spouse to get important matters like these settled quickly, it just doesn't always work out that way.
In some cases, one of the parties may feel that the other one will not provide a wholesome home for the children to grow up in. There are many objections and accusations that one spouse may bring against the other. One spouse may believe the other has a substance abuse problem or is promiscuous. When accusations like these are made, it's important to get to the truth.
In cases where couples are not willing and/or able to work their differences out, the Texas courts will step in and make a decision based on the "best interests of the child". This is their criteria and though they aren't always 100 percent accurate, the Family Courts do work hard to help families who may be having a difficult time with child custody.
A Standard Possession Order (SPO) is often used in cases where parents are not able to agree about who will have primary custody of their children. This legal document sets forth the terms of the child custody agreement. This option may be sought after all others have been exhausted.
The Texas Family Law Code has been set forth to provide guidance and direction for families who are in disagreement over the important matters of their divorce and child custody is one of those. Though courts always seek the best interests of the child in their determinations, at times, it can be difficult to decide this. Both parents might be equally able and prepared to raise their children.
A few of the factors that courts might consider include:
Burton Law Firm has been working with families for years who are struggling through a divorce and need help. Tom Burton and his staff are well-trained, experienced and compassionate in dealing with cases like this.
Tom Burton is dedicated to helping families and children in crisis and has served as General Counsel for Justice for Children in Houston, Texas. In the past, he has recruited, trained and assisted pro bono lawyers who have represented children's interests. Burton Law Firm Houston, TX offers clients wide ranging experience in family law cases. He and his staff have the expertise to develop creative strategies that can help a family settle their disputes and come into agreement regarding child custody and other important issues.
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