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What the courts look at in child custody cases

Many Texas residents would likely agree that divorce can be a challenging time in a person's life. This is especially true for those couples who have children. Parents often have to deal with additional divorce issues, such as child support and child custody. These can be very complex and involve many legal nuances. These various nuances and complexities can prove to be confusing for parents.

One complexity involved in divorce cases involves child custody cases. More specifically, parents may be confused as to what courts will look at when determining child custody arrangements. While every divorce case is different, there are a few general factors that courts often look at when making a decision. All of these factors have one thing in common, hat is, they serve to help determine what will be in the best interests of the child.

Many of these factors involve questions related to the abilities of the parents. More specifically, they involve the parent's ability to meet the best interests of the child. The court will often look at the parent's financial and physical health, because these can play an important role in the ability of the parent to provide medical care, shelter, food and clothing for the child. The court will often look at the parent's vocation, making sure that the parent has a steady source of income. Courts may also examine whether that parent has a history of substance abuse or any other bad habit that may negatively impact the child's physical or mental health.

Having an idea of what the court will look at before divorce proceedings can help parents prepare. Attorneys are available to assist parents during this process.

Source: FindLaw, "Getting Custody FAQ," Accessed on February 16, 2016

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