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How to increase your chances of gaining primary custody

If you are a father in Texas and are going through the divorce process, custody of your children is probably top of mind. While in the past, mothers were typically seen as the primary caregivers, things are different now. The judge looks at a number of factors and takes into consideration what is best for the child. If you understand what is important, you may be able to make changes or focus on the factors that will help increase your chances of getting more time with your children.

According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, the court determines custody decisions based on what is best for the child. It looks at the ability of each parent to provide basics such as adequate food, a safe home, clothing and healthcare. It also weighs the mental and physical health of the parents and the child. In Texas, some other factors the judge considers include

  • History of abuse or substance abuse
  • Care and discipline that is appropriate for child's age and development
  • Adequate support system made up of close friends and extended family
  • The age of the child

Very Well Family discusses that judges tend to favor joint custody over sole custody. However, if you feel like you are the best parent and want sole custody, you should focus on the physical and psychological well-being of the child. Give details of a healthy lifestyle and be open to allowing the child to have an ongoing relationship with your ex-spouse. Focus on the positive rather than putting down the parenting-style of the other parent.



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