Texas family law stresses the importance of parenting after a divorce. Like the Texas divorce courts, the family law attorneys at Springer & Lyle will look out for the best interests of the children who will be affected by a divorce. We will help you develop a strong parenting plan, one that encourages co-parenting.
Co-parenting in Texas
Co-parenting is neither a rule nor a law; it is a concept about post-divorce child rearing. Many couples in the midst of a divorce believe that after it’s all over, they will never have to deal with their former spouse again. This is not the case.
Co-parenting, with regards to a divorce involving minor children, is simply the idea that both spouses will share parental duties and responsibilities after the divorce is final. Texas law attempts to ensure that both parents will have the opportunity to be involved in the children’s lives by having the parents agree on a parenting plan (and take parenting classes). The courts believe it is in the child’s best interest for the parents to be able to communicate with each other regarding their children’s needs.
With the child’s best interests in mind, the courts suggest that parenting plans cover some elements that may help all the people involved better deal with their new reality. Those elements include:
- Agreement on the children’s resident and visitation with the non-custodial parent
- Noting all the important holidays and vacation time and how the children will spend time with each parent during those days
- How the custodial parents will parent on a regular basis and involve the non-custodial parent in making the “big” decisions like where the kids attend school
- How the financial burden of child rearing will be apportioned
- The logistics of picking up children for visitation
- An agreed upon path for altering or negotiating the changes in the parental plan
Texas Family Law Attorney Helps With Parenting Plan
As is clear, Texas courts hope that spouses will most frequently work together to raise children after the divorce. The plan that the court requires parents to create will have at its core the notion that the parents come to an understanding about what works best for the parents and the kids.
Attorney Daniel Abasolo at Springer & Lyle can help families in transition come to an agreement on post-divorce parenting issues. Contact Daniel today at 940.387.0404 for a free consultation.