A parent in Texas may be denied the ability to have physical custody of a child after a divorce. However, this doesn't mean that he or she is a deadbeat or otherwise not a part of a son or daughter's life. In many cases, noncustodial parents will be entitled to visitation rights and generally play a role in their child's upbringing. It is possible that parents who don't get physical custody of their children will be given legal custody.
A divorced mother or father with a difficult child custody arrangement may need to request a modification order. Parents can ask the judge to change a custody arrangement. However, Texas courts generally do not wish to make modifications unless a parent names specific reasons recognized by law. If the current arrangement functions for everyone involved, the court will not usually make any changes. The court will not modify a custody arrangement based on trivial reasons.