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Can your career impact child custody?

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2022 | Child Custody |

Working parents will need to know that there are many factors that could impact a Texas court’s child custody decision. One of these factors, surprisingly, might be your career. Judges will look carefully at which parent spends more time with the child and is their primary caretaker. When your career is demanding and results in having to be away from home and the child for long hours, the judge might then consider it in the best interest of the child to stay with their primary caretaker.

The best interests of the child

Being able to financially support a child is important. However, judges are also concerned with how much time you spend with your child and your role in everyday life. This means that the parenting some parents do is less visible than that of the parent who is known at school for volunteering, who takes the kids to doctors’ appointments and arranges playdates. Judges might interpret this as being in the best interest of the child. In those cases, an involved parent seeking custody might only be awarded visitation due to the demands of their career.

Factors that impact child custody

Besides the time parents spend with their children and the role they have in their children’s lives, courts will also consider other factors when awarding child custody. These include:

  • The age of the child
  • The age and physical and mental condition of each parent
  • Each parent’s capability of meeting their children’s needs
  • The home environment of each parent and the location of the home
  • Any history of physical or emotional abuse or drug or alcohol abuse
  • The child’s preference about where to live, if the child is old enough

Gathering the right type of evidence to show your parenting and why you are the best fit for custody is important. This might involve witness statements as well as other types of evidence.