5 Behaviors That Can Lose You Custody of Your Children in Texas
In Texas, parents—even imperfect ones—almost always get some visitation with their children. The child’s relationship with his or her parents is of paramount importance, and the courts know this. But some behaviors may rob you of the ability to see your children. If you’re facing these issues, the time to address them is now.
Physically harming your children means it’s not in their best interests to be with you. The line between spanking and physical abuse is often uncertain, so consider avoiding all physical discipline. If you have a history of abusing your spouse or another adult, you might also be denied visitation.
Sexual abuse almost always means an automatic denial of visitation and custody. Once this occurs, it’s very hard to get custody or visitation back.
Drug or Alcohol Abuse
Previous alcohol or drug abuse won’t necessarily result in a loss of custody. But if you are currently an addict and refusing treatment, that’s a dangerous environment—one which the court will likely try to keep your child away from.
An Unsafe Home Environment
Child safety is the single most important consideration in child custody decisions. If your home is unsafe—because of mold infestations, inadequate childproofing, criminals living in the home, or any other reason—you will not get visitation. Rather than fighting this, take proactive steps to ensure you provide a safe and nurturing environment for your child.
The Wrong Romantic Partner
Your romantic partner directly affects the environment in which your child grows up. The court won’t deny custody or visitation because this person is imperfect or your ex dislikes them. But if they have a history of child abuse, particularly physical or sexual abuse, or a significant criminal history, you might not get visitation.
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