How Are Custody Arrangements Decided?
Conservatorship, possession of, and access to the children can be cooperatively decided if parents are willing to negotiate a custody plan, create a visitation schedule, and produce a written agreement. Once agreed upon, the court can approve it without litigation.
If parents cannot agree on a plan, the court will decide. The court’s goal is always to support the best interests of the child. While a number of factors are involved in this decision, a few include:
- How active each parent is in a child’s life
- What arrangement can provide the child with the most stability
- The child’s wishes
- Whether either parent has a history of criminal convictions or addiction
- Whether there is a history of domestic abuse
- The parents’ mental and physical health
- Parental conflicts
- The child’s general best interests
Determining Child Support Payments
Support orders are determined based on each parent’s income level, the number of supported children, and their custody arrangement. Typically, the non-custodial parent pays some level of child support until the child turns 18.
Once a child support order is established, parents are bound by its terms. If an individual fails to meet their support obligations, they can be held in contempt of court. After your divorce is finalized, custody and support orders can be modified if either parent’s circumstances drastically change. Josh can help you modify an existing order or enforce an order if the other parent fails to uphold their responsibility.
Contact Us For Compassionate Counsel
We know that your children and their well-being are incredibly important to your happiness. Josh takes his responsibility as your family law attorney very seriously. We make all decisions based on what is in your family’s best interests and what plan can help you establish a better future.
If you have questions about custody and support, call Andor, Goheen, O’Toole, Wadas, Gonzalez, P.L.L.C., by phone to schedule a consultation. You may also contact our McKinney office online.