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Laredo Child Custody Lawyer

A marriage can end; however, if you and your former spouse share children, whether, by birth or adoption, you will always be family in some sense. The care and well-being of those children is likely the top priority of both you and your soon-to-be-ex. Their care is also extremely important to the state of Texas.

If you and your former partner are like most parents, you both care deeply about your children and want to make sure that your divorce causes them the least amount of suffering possible. Of course, every family is different, and the age of your children and your particular family situation will determine the exact outcome. However, the legal decision of child custody arrangements is one of the most impactful decisions you will ever make for your children. That’s why it is important to work with an experienced Laredo child custody lawyer for your child custody arrangements.

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Parenting is a Life-Long Job
When your child was born, it changed your life forever. You will now always be this person’s mom or dad, whether they are hugging you and crying when you drop them off for their first day of kindergarten, or calling you on the phone and crying when they drop their own child off for their first day of kindergarten.
You will also, in most cases, always be connected to their other parent
You will have to see one another at weddings, birthday parties, funerals, and other events for the rest of your life. That is one reason that, in cases where children are involved, it is even more helpful to try to set aside your anger and find a way to move forward amicably.
You will need to work together with your former spouse to effectively co-parent

Together, you will make decisions about the education and health of your children, plan visitations, and aim to raise successful adults. It is helpful for children if their parents can have similar rules and expectations in both households.

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Post-Divorce Custody

Laredo child custody may be the most impactful decision of your children’s lives, and it will need to be answered during the divorce process. Generally, one parent has primary custody. Typically, parents can agree on this, with primary custody going to the parent who took on the primary caregiving role during the marriage. This does not have to be the mother. The other parent is called the noncustodial parent, and they will still play an essential role in the lives of their children.

In many cases, physical custody can be split equally, with children switching between households each week
The noncustodial parent will also typically pay child support. These are not to be considered payments to your former spouse. Instead, they are payments to enable your children to receive the same standard of living they would have if you had remained married.
They still need you in their life

Keep in mind that child support payments are in no way a replacement for a strong emotional relationship with your child – they still need you in your life, even if you are not their primary caregiver. That is why almost every family will develop a custody arrangement that allows the children to spend significant time with both parents.

Responsibilities As a Parent
The rights and responsibilities of a custodial parent are relatively simple. They have the right to make legal decisions on behalf of the children, particularly concerning their health, education, and spiritual upbringing. While they are expected to take the noncustodial parent’s opinion into account, they have the final say. The children will also typically spend more time with the custodial parent.
In many ways, divorce is a legal arrangement

When it comes to Laredo child custody, it is also a complicated emotional arrangement. As you determine South Texas child custody, support, and visitation, you may struggle with the realization that your children may not have the childhood you imagined for them. However, it is important to remember that they can still have a happy childhood and grow up to be happy adults if you and their other parent can effectively co-parent and come to an effective child custody agreement. As a local divorce attorney, we can help South Texas parents create a structure that allows your children to thrive.

We trust that you and your former spouse both have the best interests of your children at heart

If you keep that in mind throughout the process of determining  child custody, you will be able to come to a solution that will work for your shifting family dynamics. If you need help creating this, give us a call so that we can begin creating solutions.

Laredo Child Custody can be difficult, but we are here to help

When you contact Rudy Santos Law, you will be working with a Laredo child custody attorney that helps you navigate their complexities. Together, we can help discover a legal solution that fits your family.