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What can I do if my child lives in an abusive environment?

In an ideal world, every child would have a stable, loving environment in which to grow up. But what happens if your child is living with his or her other parent and you discover that there are acts of domestic abuse occurring in their home? Well, in such cases, it may be possible to have the terms of the custody agreement changed so as to have the child removed from the situation.

It is important to negotiate custody terms you can live with

Most parents want what is best for their children. Yet, even parents who have a strong relationship with one another may have disagreements regarding specific issues. But if the parents do not get along and are not living under the same roof, then getting on the same page on important aspects of a child's life can be very difficult. This is why it is so important when working out an initial child custody agreement that the terms be clear and fair to both parents.

How does a parenting agreement affect child custody?

Even in the best of circumstances, parenting can be a very taxing endeavor. One thing that can make things easier is if both parents are able to cooperate and share responsibilities. Unfortunately, this sort of teamwork becomes very difficult if parents are not getting along. And if parents are in the process of getting a divorce, working together may become a very strained proposition. In some cases, there may be anger and resentments that make it nearly impossible for parents to agree on the important aspects of child custody or visitation.

Parenting agreements outline rules for custody and visitation

Divorce can be challenging for all members of a family, but it is sometimes a necessary step that can provide all parties with the best possible living arrangements. And when children are involved, it is important for parents to work out an amenable agreement regarding child custody and visitation rights.

Amenable parenting plans can help clarify child custody terms

But once the decision to dissolve a marriage is made, other issues follow. Child custody may be the most important of all issues that needs settling. Typically, one of the parties will take on the role of custodial parent. That is to say, he or she will have the children for the majority of the time. The other parent will likely seek to have visitation rights.

Divorced parents should share vacation information

Summer is in full swing and for many Texas families that means it's time to take a nice vacation. And sometimes, when parents are divorced, one of them may want to take the children someplace for a few days. This can be especially fun and beneficial if such a trip gives a child more opportunity to spend time with his or her non-custodial parent.

How are interstate child custody arrangements determined?

Sometimes when a married couple splits, one of the spouses may want to relocate to another state. Since a divorce often occurs after a great deal of stress and conflict, such a move could provide a sense of relief and even a new lease on life. But if the divorcing couple has children, issues can arise if the custodial parent wants to move out of state.

How do unmarried parents handle child custody issues?

Child custody issues are not the total province of divorcing couples with children. The fact is, many Texas couples choose to have children while forgoing marriage altogether. And the absence of a marriage license does not automatically mean an absence of child custodyy issues between parents.

Noncustodial parents usually have right to a child?s records

Myriad details must be worked out when parents get divorced. There is the matter of which parent will assume primary custodial duties. Also at issue are the rules regarding visitation for the noncustodial parent. Hopefully, these particulars can be agreed upon with a minimum of contention. But determining how a child's time will be divided between parents is only the beginning.

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