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Problems in child custody and visitation arrangements

Texas parents who are divorcing may find that the most difficult part of the process is dealing with child custody, visitation and support. There are several common problems that may arise.

One is simply the inability of parents to get along with one another. This can carry over into how they handle child custody and visitation arrangements, and one parent may deny support to the other or may not follow the provisions of the custody agreement. Often this results in more time-consuming and expensive litigation.

Another scenario is one in which one parent regularly fails to turn up for visitation or does not make a phone call at the time agreed upon. Children need consistency after their parents divorce, and this can be upsetting for them. Non-custodial parents need to stick to the visitation arrangement, and if something makes that impossible, they need to return to the parenting plan with the attorney to work out something that suits their lifestyle better.

Another problems is parental alienation. This occurs when one parent deliberately sets out to sabotage the child's relationship with the other parent. Parents who are on the receiving end of this alienation should document it thoroughly and address the situation through legal channels.

Parents who are divorcing do not set out to harm their children, but sometimes the emotions of the situation may be overwhelming and they might be tempted to make decisions that are not in their own or their child's best interests. They might be tempted to try to keep the child from their spouse, but unless there are serious issues such as abuse, most courts will consider that contact with both parents is in a child's best interests. An attorney can often help a parent with decision-making about custody and visitation at this difficult time.

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