Custody agreements are never easy, no matter how old your child is. However, when it comes to babies, custody disputes can be especially complex. In Texas, there are several custody agreement options available for parents of infants. Let`s take a closer look at these options.
In Texas, joint custody is referred to as “joint managing conservatorship.” This means that both parents share decision-making responsibilities for the child, such as healthcare and education. Under joint custody, one parent is usually designated as the primary caregiver, while the other parent has visitation rights.
Sole custody, also known as “sole managing conservatorship,” gives one parent full decision-making authority over the child. The other parent may still have visitation rights, but they will have limited decision-making power.
Split custody is a less common option, but it is available in Texas. This arrangement involves dividing the children between the two parents. For example, one parent may have custody of the baby and the other parent has custody of an older sibling. Split custody can be challenging, as it can disrupt sibling relationships.
Nesting is a newer custody option that involves the child remaining in one home, while the parents rotate in and out of the home. This can provide stability for the child, as they do not have to move between homes. However, it can also be logistically challenging for the parents.
Factors in Custody Decisions
When determining custody, Texas courts consider several factors, including the child`s age, the relationship between the child and each parent, each parent`s ability to provide a stable home environment, and each parent`s ability to care for the child. Additionally, the court may consider the preferences of the child if they are old enough to express a meaningful preference.
Custody agreements for infants in Texas can be complex, but by understanding the different options available and working with an experienced family law attorney, parents can create a custody agreement that is in the best interest of the child. Remember, the primary goal of any custody agreement is to provide a stable and loving environment for the child to thrive.