Are you a Texas parent getting a divorce? Handling child custody matters may be at the top of your list of concerns. After all, what you choose to do will have a permanent impact on your child’s life. Today we will take a look at some of the things you should consider before opting for joint custody. 

The American Psychological Association is in support of joint custody in most situations. There are many well-documented benefits to joint custody. Children tend to thrive in environments where they can rely on both parents. Reports state that they are more stable in emotion and behavior. They tend to act out less and have fewer developmental problems. Many psychology and divorce experts vouch for joint custody over sole custody. 

But joint custody is not for everyone. Divorce experts recognize this as well. There are some situations in which joint custody is more detrimental to a child than helpful. A common example is if one parent has a history of domestic violence or abuse. Keeping that person in a child’s life will not add comfort or stability. In fact, it may damage the child’s psyche or put them in physical danger. 

Joint custody also tends not to work out if one parent is absent. The two most common examples are if a parent is in jail or if they are an active duty military member. In either of these instances, they will not be present to share custody. 

Finally, some parents just do not get along well enough to share custody. Courts may decide that constant arguing is not a good environment for your child. They may award sole custody, though this is rare.