The typical arrangement for custody in the past in Texas was one parent getting the children and the other getting visitation rights. As time has gone by, though, the family court system has seen the negative effects this type of arrangement can have on the children involved. If you get a divorce today, the court may suggest something different called 50/50 custody.
The idea of 50/50 custody is becoming more popular because it allows your kids to spend equal time with you and their other parent, according to Advantage4Parents. In this type of arrangement, you and the other parent share the custody of the children. Neither of you has more legal rights to the children.
Usually, this type of custody is more beneficial for the children. They get to see both of you and you both in their lives all the time instead of spending more time with one parent over the other. However, if you and your ex cannot get along and work together, it can make this arrangement very difficult.
To make 50/50 custody work, you have to both be available. You need to be willing to commit to the time. This may be difficult if one of you worked during the marriage and the other stayed home with the children. It will require many changes to your schedule and adjustments to make the shared parenting schedule work. In some cases, this may not be possible because making huge schedule changes may not work. You have to think about all aspects if you consider 50/50 custody. This information is for education and is not legal advice.