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What courts look at when determining custody and visitation

In Texas, the best interests of the children guide the courts in making decisions concerning child custody and visitation. When parents cannot come to an agreement on their own, a court will determine the final terms based on the facts presented.

Some unfortunate situations involve a parent whose conduct is negative or even criminal. If proof can be provided to a court that a parent committed child abuse, child sexual abuse, drug use, alcoholism, or neglect, then that parent might have parental rights revoked altogether.

In less extreme cases, disputes could arise concerning the amount of child support to be paid, the failure to pay support, or the terms of joint custody or visitation. The court will then examine income records and other information relevant to a parent's ability to care for and house children. A person's expenses will also be considered. It is important to note that filing for bankruptcy does not shield a parent from obligations to pay child support.

Someone trying to collect child support from a person who changes jobs frequently or leaves the state could also seek enforcement through the courts. All states have agreements that enable the collection of child support across state lines. When presented with sufficient evidence, a court could approve the garnishment of wages, the interception of a tax refund or even allow the seizure of a bank account.

A parent in the midst of negotiating child custody and support or modifying an existing agreement could benefit from the representation of an attorney. A legal representative in a complex family law case could buffer the emotions between the parties and maintain a focus on the client's rights and obligations.

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