Last week, we discussed how to help your child cope with child custody and visitation schedules. We know how important it is for most parents to spend time with their children. When you have to split that time with another parent, you likely want to make the most out of your time with your child. With that in mind, we want to give our Texas readers some tips for making it through child custody and visitation issues.

We can’t stress enough how important it is for you to be willing to compromise with your ex. This means that you are willing to be flexible but firm and that you can stay calm as you negotiate. If you are still going through the court proceedings, this shows the court that you are willing to put your child first and work with your ex. Being willing to compromise can also help your continued relationship with you ex, which does continue on because of your child.

As important as it is for you to be willing to compromise, we don’t want you to think that you have to be manipulated or fooled by your ex. You can still stand up and assert your right to parent your child, as long as you are respectful when you do so. What matters is that the court sees that you are being fair, but firm. Only the court’s perception is what counts in child custody cases.

It is vital that you understand how important your actions are in a child custody case. Everything you do can either help you or hurt you. Making sure that you don’t do anything your ex can use against you in court is vital. We can help you learn about what you should and shouldn’t do during a child custody case in Texas.