Without a successful parenting plan, the aftermath of a divorce can be even more stressful and painful. If the parents do not submit a parenting plan the courts will order a visitation schedule set out under Texas child custody laws. While this visitation schedule tries to ensure that the child has quality time with both parents, it may not work for everyone.
An unworkable visitation schedule will leave parents scrambling to meet deadlines and children feeling exhausted and anxious. A family law attorney can tell you that the Texas courts favor parties who can reach an amicable settlement regarding child custody and a visitation schedule that promotes the best interests of the child.
To be accepted by the Texas courts, a successful parenting plan must:
- designate the parent who has the exclusive right to determine the child’s primary residence;
- specify the duties of each parent concerning the child’s physical care, education and support;
- include a visitation schedule to minimize disruption of the child’s daily routine, education and association with friends;
- allocate between the parents other rights affecting the child’s well-being, including the provision of food, clothing, medical and dental care, moral and religious training, and education;
- state that the agreement is made voluntarily and knowingly by each parent; and
- show that the plan serves the best interest of the child.
If you have a complicated lifestyle, a family law attorney who understands Texas child custody laws can help you work out a realistic visitation schedule.
Contacting a Texas Child Custody Attorney
From every angle, the child’s best interests are always at the center of the picture and at the heart of all custody decisions. A Texas child custody attorney can help bring you into the picture and show the court how placing the child in your loving care is in the best interests of the child. For a consultation on all your custody issues contact the family law firm of Warren & Migliaccio LLP at 888-584-9614.