Working through child custody matters can be difficult, but it isn't impossible. In some cases, you won't have to rely on the court to decide what happens with your children. Instead, you and your child's other parent can work together to settle the child custody issues. There are several benefits to working with your ex to resolve these matters.
One of the main benefits to working with your ex instead of relying on the judge to make decisions about child custody is that you and your ex can take your child's needs and routine into account. This also allows you to take your schedule into account when you are coming up with a solution to child custody issues.
Another benefit to working things out through alternative dispute resolution or informal negotions is that you will usually have to wait a shorter period of time than if you have to rely on the court. Of course, this depends on how quickly you and your ex can work things out.
Often, coming up with a settlement with your ex can help you to save money. You won't have to prepare for trial or sit through the trial so you will usually incur fewer legal fees.
If you and your child's other parent are able to come up with a settlement, formal paperwork will be drawn up. That agreement is then shown to a judge so that the judge can give a final approval.
When you have a child custody issue that needs to be handled, you should explore all your options in Texas. You also need to ensure that you understand your rights before you move forward.
Source: FindLaw, "Working Together to Resolve Custody," accessed March 10, 2016