Child custody is the most contentious issue in most divorces. Texas encourages co-parenting as joint managing conservators of their children. However, sometimes joint custody is truly untenable. Ultimately, custody issues are decided based upon what is in the best interest of the child. Determining the “best interest” of a child is accomplished by weighing the non-exclusive Holley factors:
- The desire of the child;
- The physical and emotional needs of the child now and in the future;
- Any emotional or physical danger to the child now or in the future;
- The parenting abilities of the person seeking custody;
- Any programs available to assist the parent and the child;
- The plans for the child by the parent seeking custody;
- The stability of the proposed residence of the child;
- Acts or omissions of the parent that may indicate a need to deviate from a standard (or existing) custody plan; and
- Any excuse a parent may offer for their acts or omissions.
Child custody cases can be both costly and scarring. While we strongly encourage clients to avoid these destructive battles, we do know how to fight them.
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