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Fighting for custody? Keep this in mind

Texas parents who are fighting for custody know that the whole process is delicate and emotional. When relatives and friends get involved, offering advice and pressuring towards certain decisions, it can become even more complicated. While working out a custody and parenting plan amicably is ideal, it is not always possible, particularly since the custody negotiations come after the dissolution of a relationship.

However, keeping calm during child custody proceedings is very important. Emotions can lead to rash decisions, and these can have negative consequences. If the negotiations are going well, it is best to keep it friendly, instead of yielding to pressure from outsiders or making emotional decisions. Additionally, it might be a good idea to be careful about sharing information about the case, since the other parent might be told what is being planned and therefore prepare a stronger case.

Emotions might also impact the way parents present their case in court. The best interest of the child in question will always be the court's main concern, so the parents must also show the court that they feel similarly. Turning the custody case into a battle about why one spouse was a terrible person during the marriage or why one parent is what the children need might indicate to the court that that parent is thinking first about themselves and not their children. If the children truly want to speak in court, there are state laws regulating this, but many courts will listen to children who are mature enough to express their opinions.

During a custody dispute, parents might also choose to consult with a family law attorney, who might help them organize their case and their evidence and negotiate a fair custody agreement. Additionally, an attorney might also help when a parent needs to discuss options and make decisions without the interference of others, no matter how well-meaning they might be.

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