Child custody is a common factor in divorces in Texas. When parents decide that they can’t live together anymore, they have to determine how to take care of their children. Some parents nest, which means that they stay in the marital home. Others sell their home and move to apartments, making their children travel back and forth. In some cases, one parent takes on custody and the other gets none, such as in cases of abuse.
Every situation is different, which is why it’s so important to talk to your attorney about your relationship with your children and what it would mean to you to have custody. As a parent, you are generally in a position to seek custody of your child, and most courts will want to see parents split their time around 50-50. That way, the children involved can still see both parents a fair amount of the time.
If that doesn’t work, then you might be in a position where you want to fight for primary custody. If you are the primary custodian, you’ll have more time with your child than the other parent. For example, if you don’t work through the week and only work Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, you may take on the responsibility of caring for your child from Monday through Friday afternoon. You’d have more custody and thus be the primary caregiver. Our site has more on what you can do to seek custody.
If that sounds like something that could be beneficial to you, you may want to talk to your attorney about a weighted schedule where you have custody more often than your ex-spouse.