One of the most antagonistic issues when a marriage between parents ends, whether it is in Texas or any other state, involves matters concerning the children and who will raise them. While parents typically want what is best for their children, coming to mutual agreements can be tough. In most divorce cases, the courts avoid excluding one parent from child custody except when there is evidence of physical, drug or alcohol abuse by a parent. However, the preferences of parents will be considered by the court. Before parents negotiate child custody, it may help to understand the different options.
Although joint custody is a popular choice, there is also the option of split custody. This is often frowned upon, but under certain circumstances, it may be in the best for siblings to be split. Before a court allows one child to live with one parent and a sibling to live with the other parent, it will consider the relationships between the individual parents and each child. The parents' work schedules, the areas where they will live and the proximity to the children's schools will be considered. Only when the court is satisfied that it will be in the best interests of the children will it consider split (divided) child custody.