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Factors that can complicate custody cases

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Child Custody

Typically, the family courts in Texas prefer both parents to be actively involved in the upbringing of their child. This is generally thought to be in the best interests of the child, and that is the key factor in custody rulings.

Nonetheless, custody cases aren’t always straightforward and certain factors can create complications. Here are a few things to consider.

Health issues

If a parent has health issues, then they may not be able to look after the child without some help. In cases like this, it is not uncommon for the court to order supervised visitation. Supervised visitation involves the parent and child seeing one another in a controlled environment where assistance is always available.

If the child has health issues, then this may also be a factor in any custody agreement. Moving back and forth between different households each week may not be feasible for the child.

When one parent lives out-of-state

The geographical location of a parent can also complicate custody cases. The court will typically want both parents to be involved in the upbringing of the child, but finding a suitable custody arrangement that factors in out-of-state travel can be tricky. For instance, how often should the child travel out-of-state to visit their parent? Would it be in the best interests of the child to move out of state permanently?

Every family dynamic is unique. The courts will always look to come to rulings that reflect the best interests of the child. To assert your parental rights and protect your children, it’s best to seek as much legal information as possible during your case.