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Could professional success impact custody in a Texas divorce?

Many adults in Texas have to do the difficult job of balancing their personal lives with their professional aspirations. Although some people are able to strike a balance and maintain a family and a successful career, other people find that it is very difficult to do both.

If you are gone for most of the day, or multiple days or weeks at a time because of travel for work, your children and your spouse may not feel like they get to spend enough time with you. The end result can be weakening of your family relationships and eventually divorce.

If you find yourself facing a request for divorce from your ex or you have decided you want to file, you may worry about whether your job will impact your rights to custody as a Texas parent.

The courts want to do what is best for the kids

When the Texas family courts have to determine how to split custody, also known as conservatorship, between parents, they try to do what will make the most sense for the children. For many families, this can mean equally split and shared custody responsibilities, with parents having roughly 50/50 split for both decision-making authority and parenting time.

However, a fifty-fifty split may not be possible if you have an unpredictable work schedule and travel frequently as part of your job. The courts will likely consider your professional obligations when deciding how to split up parental rights, but that doesn't mean you can't share custody. It simply means that the courts will likely give your ex more parenting time than you.

Less parenting time may mean more financial support

If you have your children 30% of the time and your ex has them 70% of the time, the courts may order child support. Support is less common in 50-50 custody arrangements, but obligations often increase with the amount of time the other parent has the children.

In a way, child support allows your children to benefit from your professional success. It can be a tool for you to provide for your loved ones even when you aren't with them.

Be flexible if you want flexibility

Chances are good that you will need to travel with little warning, potentially disrupting plans with your children in the same way that has happened throughout your marriage. You need to be flexible and willing to work with your ex if you hope that they will do the same for you when your career obligations interrupt your family responsibilities.

Trying to maintain a positive relationship with your ex isn't easy, but it can be the simplest way to ensure you continue to spend time with your children, especially if your ex has sole managing conservatorship of your kids.

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