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Alternatives to resolve disputed custody

Many parents spend hours of time and small fortunes of money arguing over child custody issues. Child custody disputes tend to be one of the most difficult and damaging aspects of a Texas divorce. When parents cannot come to an agreement, the issues is often litigated, and when this process drags on, family relationships and children's lives are damaged. The good news for parents is that there are several options they may consider to resolve these types of disputes.

A lack of effective communication is often the difference between parents able to work out a custody arrangement and those who constantly bring issues to the court. While litigation is sometimes needed to resolve major custody issues such as visitation, the court is not the best way to resolve minor issues or ongoing problems. This does not stop many parents from appearing in court again and again to ask the judge for a resolution. Sometimes, working on the communication and relationship is both more effective and more affordable.

Co-parenting counseling and co-parenting coordination are alternatives to resolving small custody disputes. The counseling helps parents to work better together and communicate so they can resolve issues and avoid court. Co-parenting coordination is a more forceful process that parents may pursue to help manage a difficult situation. With this help, parents may be able to move forward and provide the best care for their children after a separation.

A family law attorney may play an important role in helping a parent resolve a child custody dispute. Instead of resorting to litigation, an attorney may be able to provide advice as to the alternatives that may be available.

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