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Child custody plans not always as equal as hoped

When Texas residents become parents, the decisions they make often must include their children. They may need to think about how any action they take could affect the kids now and in the future. As a result, making the decision to divorce and working through child custody issues can be particularly difficult for parents.

In some cases, the custody terms will not always allow for a 50-50 split of parenting time. One parent may obtain sole custody while the other only has visitation rights. This type of arrangement can be difficult for the noncustodial parent, especially when he or she wants more time with the kids. Fortunately, these parents can still work to play an active role in their children's lives.

They can also work to have the custody order modified if they feel that such action could suit their circumstances. Because requesting a modification must go through the court, noncustodial parents may want to make sure that they have evidence to support why a modification is applicable. They could show that they go to their children's events, attend parent-teacher meetings, check in with the kids regularly and otherwise do what they can to continue being in their children's lives, which could help them obtain a more equal custody arrangement.

Knowing the right way to go about reaching a favorable child custody outcome or gaining more parenting time can be difficult. In some cases, state laws and specific details of an individual case can play a major part in whether modifications are possible. If Texas parents are interested in changing their custody arrangements, they may want to discuss the matter with knowledgeable attorneys.

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