This video discusses the 3 areas that you’ll need to address when it comes to children and divorce. We’ll also cover how Texas courts view children in divorces.
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About this Children and the Texas Courts Video
If there are children involved in your divorce, there are 3 areas that you’ll have to address. We’re going to cover each of them in a separate video. You can find all of the children videos in the list at the bottom of the page.
Our courts primary consideration when it comes to making decisions about children in family law matters is what is in the best interest of the children. So, if there is a decision that a Court needs to make, that’s the standard they’re going to use.
There are a few other positions they have that can guide their decisions. Most parents will probably agree with the positions.
- Children should have frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interest of the child.
- Children should live in a safe, stable, and nonviolent environment.
- Parents are encouraged to share in the rights, duties and responsibilities of raising their child or children after the divorce.
- Siblings should be kept together.
One other factor that impacts the rulings of our courts is maintaining the status quo. The courts don’t typically like to make drastic changes to the arrangements concerning children. So, if the mother is the main caregiver of the children and has been for some time, the courts will be predisposed make the mother the primary conservator unless there is a good reason to do otherwise. This works the same if the father is the main caregiver.