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Child custody agreements pivotal for child development

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Since 1960, statistics say the number of children who are products of a broken home have doubled. This makes child custody an extremely important factor in divorce proceedings both here in Texas and elsewhere throughout the nation. The connection between a solid and functional child custody arrangement and the overall well-being of the children in question, some experts contend, is undeniable.

Statistics suggest that children of divorce, particularly those in which the father is absent from the home, are more likely to drop out of school at the high school level. The necessity for connection between the child and the absent parent therefore becomes more important, but can be problematic during the chaotic summer months left unstructured by the lack of school scheduling. Indeed, summer trips can also be breeding grounds for troublesome emotions as the absent parent begins to cultivate what some children perceive to be a 'new life.'

Often, some experts suggest, parents are waylaid in their attempts to provide a stable child custody schedule for their children by a variety of factors. These factors can include the imposition of legal issues, the geographical constraints placed on them by relocation and their own desire to control the child's schedule. It is recommended to parents in this situation to seek help and support to balance time between both parents in order to provide the best possible environment for the child or children.

Divorce is already a complicated issue, but child custody can make it even more so. Ultimately, as Texas parents know, parents want what's best for their children. Hammering out an effective and mutually agreeable custody schedule can go a long way toward providing a stable life for the children of divorce.

Source: Huffington Post, "One Choice, Two Parents: A Summertime Planner," Mark Roseman, July 26, 2013