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Child Arrangements

The end of a marriage does not mean the end of the relationship between a child and a parent. New York and Texas rules favor arrangements by which both parents continue to play a significant role in the child’s life. Because this policy necessarily means that the time with the child has to be split among the parents, the parties need to negotiate a proper schedule that works for both, parents and the child.

Guiding Principle

What is in the best interest of the child? The child’s best interest, and not a parent’s wishful ideal, is the central theme in custody battles. In fact, the best interest of the child will ultimately determine the possession and access schedule. Over time legislators, judges, and psychologists developed certain factors that play an important role in custody decisions. Among those factors are:

  • Age of the child.
  • Relationship between the parents and the child (and siblings, if any).
  • The capacity and resources to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care and other necessary care.
  • The age, physical and mental health, stability, character of the parents.
  • The preferences of the child, if the court deems the child physically and mentally mature enough to make such decisions.
  • Evidence of abuse or domestic violence.
  • Other case specific relevant factors.

Experienced Experts

While most firms just go through the list and consider listed factors as unavoidable, JBell & Associates PC chooses a different path. We look at the specifics of each case to evaluate the best possible outcome for you and your child.

If, for example, your ex-spouse tends to neglect the child, suffers from medication or substance abuse, or appears to be challenged by life routines, our clinical, medical, and psychological experts will expose the spouse as bad parent and work above factors in your favor.

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