We always hear that custody and visitation decisions are supposedly made in the "best interests" of the child. So, why not let our children tell us what their interests are? Instead of having doctors and psychologists tell the Harris County Family Court what is best for our children during your divorce, visitation or custody dispute, why not just ask your kids? What if we also revisited the custody settlement or visitation schedule every two years? As your child ages, so will his or her priorities, friends, school activities and interests.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released some disturbing findings that were evidenced right here in Houston: children in the Texas foster care system are more likely to be prescribed psychotropic drugs than in any other state. A local family is heartbroken after their daughter's health declined while in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Sometimes, if a military parent is deployed, or even has a chance of being deployed, it can be enough to sway a judge's opinion of what is in the best interest of a child when determining custody arrangements and parenting plans.