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Make sure all custody decisions reflect kids' best interests

When you make the decision to divorce your child's other parent, that decision will quite naturally affect your child. Some divorces are more amicable than others, but if you are in the throes of a particularly acrimonious split, every decision you make and action you take can come under intense scrutiny by your soon-to-be ex-spouse's attorney and the court itself.

So, how can you make the best decisions for your kids during your divorce?

The most important thing to keep in mind is that every decision you make right now needs to reflect the best interests of your children. That includes in your career, your living situation and your personal relationships. You may not think that agreeing to take on additional work responsibilities or work later hours could impact your custody case, but it very well could.

The same goes for intimate relationships or even friendships with questionable people. If your former spouse is trying to get the dirt on you and you hang around with people who have police records or drug convictions, this will not reflect well on you with the Houston family law courts. If you are seeking custody of your children (or even just liberal visitation), you want your behavior, actions and decisions to be unimpeachable.

In some cases, the court might order family counseling and consider that counselor's recommendation when determining custody matters. It's important that you make a good impression on everyone who has a role in your custody case. That's why it is always prudent to work closely with your Houston family law attorney. Your attorney can address all your concerns about parenting decisions that could adversely affect your bid for custody of your children in your divorce. We will work with you to get the most liberal custody terms possible.

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