Texas residents who are going through a divorce will have to undergo the process of determining child custody arrangements. Ideally, this happens by both parents agreeing about how much time the child will spend with them and what types of decisions they can make. Unfortunately, most child custody cases turn into battles that the court has to decide.
Judges are unpredictable
When it comes to the topic of child custody, judges can be unpredictable. At the end of the day, the judge will have the child’s best interest in mind when determining child custody arrangements. As a parent, it’s not uncommon to believe that you’re the righteous parent who should obviously be awarded custody of your child. In reality, you likely have a skewed view of the facts just as your former spouse does.
If you end up in a battle and have the court decide your custody arrangement, you never know what’s going to happen. You may end up with limited custody of your child. This is the biggest reason why it’s a better idea to avoid conflict over child custody matters. By working out an agreement with your spouse, you can ensure that you are given adequate custody of your child.
Apart from the emotional struggle and unpredictability of judges, you’ll also find yourself dealing with a lot of litigation fees if you choose to let a court decide. Legal costs will include attorney fees, court filing fees and so forth. If you can reach a child custody settlement with your spouse, you can avoid many of these litigation fees altogether.
Child custody battles are some of the most prominent outcomes of divorce cases. The reality is that they are expensive and can provide unpredictable results. As a parent, it’s best to work alongside your former spouse with the help of your attorneys to avoid conflict when it comes to the topic of child custody.