In Texas, sole custody, also known as “sole managing conservatorship,” gives one parent the exclusive right to make decisions regarding a child’s education, health care and other major life choices.
Deciding to ask for full custody requires careful consideration. Parents need to assess their situation objectively, keeping the best interests of their children in mind.
Factors to consider
Who should seek sole custody depends heavily on the specifics of the situation. A parent should consider their ability to provide stable, nurturing care for the child, as well as the other parent’s capacity to do the same. Pursuing sole custody might be the right choice if the other parent poses a risk to the child’s well-being due to issues such as substance abuse or domestic violence.
The child’s perspective
When divorcing, it is important to consider the child’s relationship with both parents. If the other parent has been an active, positive presence in the child’s life, seeking sole custody might disrupt this beneficial relationship. Remember, maintaining strong relationships with both parents, where possible, usually serves the child’s best interests.
Full custody can impact a child in several ways. While it can provide stability and consistency if one parent is clearly better equipped to provide care, it may limit the child’s access to the other parent, potentially straining that relationship.
Texas courts aim to make child custody decisions that are in the best interests of the child. While courts are open to granting sole custody when warranted, they generally lean toward joint custody arrangements to ensure children maintain meaningful relationships with both parents.
Ultimately, when parents set aside their wants and wishes and prioritize the needs of their children, they create an environment that supports their children’s growth, happiness and overall development, even during a challenging divorce.