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Deciding between sole or joint custody

When Texan parents get a divorce, matters of child custody must soon be dealt with. But is sole custody the right option, or would joint custody be a better fit? The answer will differ from family to family depending on a number of different factors.

As the Legal Dictionary states, joint custody is a joint effort between divorced parents to continue having an equal presence in the life of their child. This does not necessarily mean that the child's time will be divided equally between both parent's homes. It does, however, mean that both parents will have an equal say in the important life decisions that their child will face. This can include choices regarding matters of religion, medical care, schooling, and more. Today, many people believe joint custody is the best option for children.

Joint custody isn't always feasible, though. Findlaw discusses the option of sole custody, in which one parent is the primary caretaker of the child. Though the parent without custody will still be able to visit the child, only the one with primary custody has a say in the important life choices mentioned above. This option tends to be better if one parent has a history of abuse, is currently in jail, or is a member of the military and is frequently absent for duty.

In the case of both options, there are benefits and drawbacks. Deciding which one is right for you is entirely a matter of how each unique family dynamic works. Having the aid of an experienced attorney or a mediator may help make that decision easier.

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