As Texan parents trying to navigate what parenting will look like after a divorce, you have a lot of big decisions to make. Fortunately, Law Thompson, P.C., can help by discussing some of the benefits and possible downsides of different types of custody arrangements, starting with joint custody.
As of late, studies are showing that joint custody is the way to go for parents and children of divorce. It allows your child to maintain bonds with both parents, and lets both parents retain their parental authority. It also allows both parents to have a say over important life decisions for their child. This can include schooling decisions, choices regarding the religion they're raised with, and which medical options should be taken.
However, the success of a joint custody situation is largely dependent on you and your co-parent's ability to cooperate. It's okay if you need a little help sometimes, such as a mediator stepping in to act as a neutral third party. However, if you find yourselves fighting over every little decision, you might actually be creating a stressful environment that does more harm than good for your child.
Dealing with matters of divorce and child custody can be a struggle no matter what situation you come from. Understanding how different custody situations may benefit or hinder you and affect each member of your family can be a good place to start. Consider taking a look at our webpage on child custody for more information, or contacting our attorneys directly.