While you are going through a
divorce, you have undoubtedly given some consideration to what will happen to
your own future. But have you thought much about the future lives of your
children? If you want to ensure you are there for them and that they are
raised according to your beliefs and ideals, winning
child custody should be one of your priorities.
Securing the child custody rights that you want might be easier said than
done. There is no magic formula to guarantee that you will become the
primary caregiver. Instead, the court tries to do what is in the child’s
best interests, not yours or your ex-spouse’s.
You might understandably be thinking that your child is too young to have
an opinion on much, so how could the court know what is in their best
interest? To keep things simple, the court generally looks for a few things
to take an educated guess regarding what is right for your child.
A Texas divorce court will consider the following when awarding child custody:
Stability: Which parent leads a stable life in terms of finances, living arrangements,
relationships, etc.? Someone who doesn’t seem to have a solid grip
on their own life could lose custody rights. The overall stability of
your emotions, mental state, and health are also considered; a parent
that requires frequent hospitalization or medication might not be seen
as fitting to raise a child alone.
Criminal record: A single conviction for a serious crime on your criminal history could
prove to be the tipping point that takes away primary custody of your
child, especially if that conviction is regarding
Relationship: It helps, of course, to have a strong, loving relationship between you
and your child. If your ex-spouse has taken strides to make it seem like
you don’t have a bond with your child, you may need to take steps
to prove that you do. Talk to family members, friends, teachers, and more
to see if they are interested in helping you make your case.
As previously stated, there is no definitive way to win child custody,
for everything is rightfully judged on a case-by-case basis. The most
you can do is prepare for your court date and remain courteous throughout
the procedures – no court wants to give custody to someone who is
angry and aggressive. You can also bolster your chances by working closely
with The Karenko Law Firm PLLC and our Galveston County divorce attorney.
We’ve been there for families in situations like yours for
more than 25 years. Allow us to provide the same service to you by calling