Can My Family Affect My Child Custody Case?

We’ve all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. That village can also damage a child, but in most cases, your “village” of extended friends and family won’t affect your Texas child custody case. Here’s what you need to know about the role your family might play.

Can My Family Hurt My Case?

Almost everyone has relatives who have made questionable decisions. Maybe these relatives have even been a source of conflict in your marriage. In most cases, you don’t need to worry about them, no matter how much your ex threatens to use your brother’s drug addiction or your mother’s mental illness against you. What matters is what is in the best interests of your child—not who has more skeletons in their family’s closet.

The only exception to this rule occurs when your family undermines your child’s safety. For example, if you live with a dangerous relative or will leave your child with a parent who is unsafe, your ex might be able to make this an issue at trial.

Can My Family Testify Against Me?

Anyone who has facts relevant to the case can be called as a witness, and that includes your family. Your ex may ask them questions that make them or you look bad, or may cross-examine them in a way that makes them seem less credible. The best way to reduce the damage this causes is to prepare your family for testimony well in advance of a court hearing.

What About My Family’s Right to See My Child?

For all practical purposes, grandparents and other extended family members have very few rights in Texas child custody cases. If you’re able to care for your child, your family won’t be able to seek custody. Their relationship with your child, however, might play a role in your custody case. If you can show that only one parent will work to preserve your child’s relationship with their extended family, this weighs in your favor.

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We’ve all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. That village can also damage a child, but in most cases, your “village” of extended friends and family won’t affect your Texas child custody case.
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