Divorcing parents in Texas generally share time with the children and responsibility for meeting their needs. Many adults find it quite difficult to adjust to this new arrangement once their romantic attachments have broken down.
Certain aspects of the family lifestyle can make the transition more difficult. For example, perhaps the family has encouraged the children to participate in sports or one of them recently signed up for athletics when they started high school. Sports and other extracurricular activities can inspire several unique challenges for parents to overcome in a shared custody scenario.
Sports generate a variety of expenses
Sports participation can be very costly in Texas. A student playing hockey, for example, needs protective gear, skates and regular time at the skating rink. That can cost more than $2,000! Parents may argue over covering those costs, especially if their budgets are tight. The courts will typically not include sports-related expenses among the extraordinary costs that can influence child support orders. Therefore, parents have to work out a way to cover those costs through mutual cooperation.
Parents may disagree about sports involvement
Perhaps the child who wants to play basketball or join the cross-country team has struggled academically in recent months. One parent may feel like sports are inappropriate until they improve their grades, while the other may hope that joining a team would motivate better academic performance. Other times, there may be safety concerns about different sports. Parents may have a hard time agreeing when sports participation is appropriate and what sports their children should play.
Sports can put pressure on the parenting schedule
When parents share time with their children, any disruption to their schedules can turn into a source of conflict. Practices for sports can eat into weeknight evenings, while games and tournaments can consume entire weekends and school vacations. Parents may end up fighting over how the extracurricular activities affect their parenting time. They may also have a hard time dividing responsibility for transporting kids to practice. Even decisions about who attends games and tournaments can lead to disagreements.
Adults may need to discuss these possible challenges ahead of time so that what brings their children pleasure does not result in massive family conflict. Identifying and proactively planning for co-parenting challenges such as these can benefit everyone in the family during the Texas divorce process.