Fact Or Fiction? 3 Child Custody Myths

Child custody decisions are often one of the most contentious aspects of any divorce proceeding. There is a lot of misinformation swirling around about how custody decisions are made and whether you have any control over the outcome.

At Shelander Law Offices, our family law attorneys are here to help guide you through the child custody process. We can explain your options, let you know how things are likely to be decided and provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions that will not catch you off-guard. To learn more, call us at 409-234-1479 for a free phone consultation.

Myth #1: The Court Can Only Make A Child Custody Determination

Child custody determinations do not have to be adversarial. In fact, we encourage parents to work together to create a plan that is in the child's best interests and that everyone can live with. Final custody determinations must be approved by the court, but a courtroom battle does not have to take place.

Myth #2: The Child Has No Say In The Matter

A child's wishes, particularly in the case of older children, may be a factor in the court's decision to grant custody. However, that doesn't mean that children are given the final say or have the power to modify a custody determination all on their own. The court will always attempt to reach a decision that is in the child's best interests, even if that determination is ultimately contrary to a child's wishes.

Myth #3: The Court Will Always Side With The Mother

In the past, there was a belief that a child was generally better off with his or her mother. This school of thought no longer holds true. Studies have shown that a child benefits from having a relationship with both parents and, whenever possible, the court will attempt to develop a plan that enables both father and mother to have a role in their child's life.

Contact Our Family Law Attorneys For Help With Your Child Custody Matters

We are a family-run law firm that is committed to providing you with personalized, one-on-one representation through every step of your case. For a free phone consultation, call us at 409-234-1479. You may also contact us online. From our offices in Beaumont, our lawyers provide legal counsel to people throughout southeastern Texas.