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The kids are, very much often, the top priority of the family. In times of family trials, like divorce, the most difficult part is dealing with the children. A lot of emotional stress will be involved, which may lead to a problematic child. They can get rebellious and angry. They may come to a point where they blame themselves. Below are some tips on how to handle your children during this difficult time. Be honest but gentle  The first step to solve a problem is to state the facts involving the issue. Whether your child is an adolescent or eight years old, it is better to be straightforward in discussing things like your separation with your spouse. This will prevent further problems in the future and would avoid your child from questioning about the divorce from time to time. However, keep in mind that you are talking to someone who can be very sensitive. The last thing that your child would want to hear is that his or her parents are going to live separate lives. Try to be frank but gentle, as much as possible. Carefully choose your words. Coordinate with your spouse It is not easy. However, in order to avoid further problems with child custody, talk with your spouse about how to approach your children. This will also avoid biases when the kids hear both sides of the story. We can prevent hatred on the part of the child, which could sometimes be the cause of being rebellious. Consider the age of your child Although it was discussed above that a parent should be straightforward, regardless of their child’s age, it must still be taken into consideration when explaining things out. Being straightforward means honesty. And in different age groups, there are appropriate ways to handle the […]

How to Explain Your Divorce to Your Kids   Recently updated !


Dealing With a Family Law Case Involving a Child With Special Needs
When you are a family with a child with special needs, you must have experienced firsthand how challenging it can be. However, not everything is a challenge: there are a variety of opportunities too. Your child with special needs will be loved and cared for and mostly, the only differences you have to experience involve having to pay more attention to your child’s school work and activities in his or her daily life. Having a child with special needs means you have the opportunity to sacrifice your wants and prioritize your child’s needs instead. When you have an ongoing family law case in Texas involving a child with special needs, you can expect it to be tougher than other family law cases.   When you have a child who does not have special needs, you can assume that the path the child will take will be the same path you took while growing up, in terms of school, career, family and social relationships. When your child is a child with special needs, you can’t expect a similar path, because your child’s path will not always be a straight one. You will have to work with educators, doctors, and other professionals to provide each of your child’s needs. For a child with special needs, special attention is really necessary throughout his or her life.     Dealing With The Needs Of Your Child With Special Needs     Having a child with special needs means that your responsibilities as a parent are more demanding than that of other parents. You’re going to be emotional a lot of times, more than other parents. Being a parent is originally emotional, but you will be more emotionally invested if your child is one with special needs. It is important to make it a point […]

When a Family Law Case Involves a Child With Special Needs   Recently updated !



Tips on How To Deal With A Controlling Spouse During a Divorce
  A controlling spouse is likely to cause you distress before and during a divorce. Such a spouse will also cause you a lot of unnecessary grief after the divorce if you do not deal with him or her properly during the divorce. If you are reading this post, you probably believe that you have a controlling spouse who constantly dictates what your actions and your children’s actions should be. This could even be a factor of why you are facing a divorce or is considering one now.   A controlling spouse means an unhappy marriage. After all, you probably entered the marriage with expectations that your partner will support your independent thoughts and judgments and what happened is just the opposite. A divorce with a controlling spouse can have different circumstances from a normal divorce.     Planning a Divorce When You Have a Controlling Spouse   A controlling spouse is a marital headache. There’s no other way but their way. They are always critical and inflexible. The worst thing is that if a situation is not going the way of the controlling spouse, he or she can turn it against the other spouse. The controlling spouse can also manipulate things in the marriage to make sure that he or she gets what he or she wants every single time. It can be extremely trying for the other spouse, and divorce is likely to come into the picture. However, just because you are undergoing divorce does not mean that you’re safe from your spouse’s controlling claws.   So, if you are dealing with a divorce with a controlling spouse, there will be more things for you to consider. Therefore, you’d have to plan for your divorce properly, setting goals along the way. There is a chance that your divorce […]

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Divorce Rates Fall
US Divorce Rate Continues to Decline In a bit of positive news, the US divorce rate has continued its steady decline over the past few years to reach a new 35 year low. Its easy to jump to conclusions in regards to this data, as there are many different contributing factors, but it is an extremely interesting data point regardless. From my own experience, lack of financial resources to even contemplate the possibility of divorce tends to be a large factor in making that leap, and I am not sure that the decline in divorces really speaks to much more than the fact that many people simply don’t have the financial resources to contemplate and go through with a divorce process right now. Especially coupled with the rapidly declining marriage rate, more people than ever seem to be making the determination that marriage is not a necessary institution, even from the perspective of raising children. I may have a somewhat biased viewpoint in this, but I deal with a large number of couples and parents on a daily basis, and the skillsets to be a good parent, and a good co-parent, are not necessarily the same skillsets to make a good spouse. I think as people continue to think about the long term ramifications on their lives prior to getting married, the divorce rate will continue to decline. What is a Typical Marriage? I think that the idea of what a marriage is has been going through some radical shifts recently, and there is no longer a singular “ideal” of what a proper marriage should look like. Traditional societal and gender roles are becoming rapidly more amorphous, which allows a lot more flexibility on the parenting side of things, and also forces a lot fewer parents and couples into situations that […]

Divorce Rate Plunges to New 35 Year Low   Recently updated !



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Maintaining A Good Relationship With Your Caseworker   CPS (child protective services) caseworkers are extremely valuable people to your case. They are hardworking, caring people, with only the best interests of your child in mind, and they have chosen their job for a reason.  In fact, your CPS caseworker is probably the most important person on your case, because he or she is the person you will work with the most to coordinate any services you are ordered to get. This includes and is not limited to: arranging visits with your child, talking to a therapist or parenting coach about how you are doing with your services, and he or she will report to the judge how you are doing with your services, your visits, housing, employment, etc. In the alternative, he or she will also report to the judge when you are doing or NOT doing well with your services, visiting with your children, seeking and finding housing, working at a job for money so you can take care of your kids. If your case goes to trial, your caseworker will be the person telling the judge why your parental rights should be terminated. Additionally, while keeping a good repertoire with your CPS worker, it is important to remember that that they too are extremely busy people. It is normal to get aggravated or feel slightly ignored if the CPS worker does not respond to your calls right away or remember every detail of your case as well as you think they should. However, caseworkers work with many families, have lots of cases just like yours that they must pay attention to, and like everyone, caseworkers sometimes make mistakes. CPS workers care a lot about the job they do and have chosen this job for a reason! Keep this […]

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 11: Working With CPS


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There are many couples who only stay married because of their children. The effects of divorce on children are widely known. It can cause distress, anxiety, and even depression to the kids. Even if the marriage no longer works out, many loving parents choose their children first. Let’s try and navigate the two scenarios: Staying in the marriage Children thrive in consistency and stability. Breaking the news of a divorce can be earth-shattering for them. There will also be a lot of changes that they will have to go through. It will not be easy for you and your spouse as well. There will be many stages to go through before finally making the divorce official. You and your partner will also find it very challenging. It’s not going to be easy for the entire family. With staying, you can all stick to a routine.  Staying for the sake of the kids can also give you and your partner a chance to work things out between you. There are many couples who try harder for the sake of the children. Trying harder may just fix your marital issues and save your relationship. However, if the issues are more complex, staying may not be an option. If your case involves domestic violence, it is best to seek help from professionals immediately and stay away from abusive partner. Family violence should not be taken lightly as it may put you and the children at risk.  If there is no violence involved, staying in the marriage may still have its cons. Tension can become unavoidable when you and your partner can no longer work out your differences. This tension may cause anxiety to your children. Constant fighting, although not amounting to physical violence, can cause greater damage in the long run. Staying in […]

Staying for the Sake of the Kids



What You Need to Know About Retroactive Child Support Payments  
  Issues in Child support in Texas Family Law Courts are often raised when a married couple starts seeking a divorce. If you happen to be the person who will have to pay child support, you are probably thinking that the amount you will have to pay is too much. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t want to support your child, or that you don’t love your child. Oftentimes, it’s just that you don’t want to pay money that will go directly to your ex’s hands. Many people have mixed emotions while fighting for child support in Texas Family Law courts because of this reason.   There’s always another side to every story. If you happen to be the parent who will be at the receiving end after the fight for child support in Texas Family law courts, you will probably think that the guidelines are not exactly helping in providing your child enough child support from your ex. You already lost an entire income thanks to your divorce, and the child support amount set by the guidelines is too little to support everything your child needs.   Regardless of which side you belong to in your fight for child support in Texas Family Law Courts, there is important information that we have to discuss.     What You Have to Pay or Receive     As previously mentioned, there are certain guideline amount when it comes to child support in Texas. Once the net resources of a parent are known, it will be subject to these percentages: 20% for one child, 25% for two children, 30% for three children, 35% for four children and 40% for five children. If you have more than five children, expect to pay not more than 50% of your net income and not […]

 Fighting for Child Support in Texas Family Law Courts  


gender marker change
The year is 2019. Everything has changed even the genders assigned at birth. Today, the existence of lesbians (a homosexual woman) and gays (a homosexual man) are widely recognized. In the same vein, there are also transsexuals who have a gender identity different from their assigned sex, and undergo medical assistance to transition themselves to the gender in which they identify. In the leading case of Obergefell vs. Hodges decided in 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that same-sex marriage is now allowed in all 50 states of the USA on the ground that it is protected under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clause. Consequently, bans on same-sex marriage by conservative states are declared unconstitutional. This is a landmark decision because finally, after decades of fighting for equality, the world now acknowledges the fundamental right to marry of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, Transgenders) community. Another particular right that transsexuals can invoke is their right to change their gender marker. This means that state and government agencies can legally change their listed gender in official documents such as a birth certificate. The procedure varies from state to state. In Texas, a gender marker change is legal in any county, provided that the applicant complies with the requirements. The legal effect is that it shall be recognized in the entire state of Texas. Documents and Forms Needed First off, he/she needs to fill out two forms, namely: Petition To Change the Sex and Gender Identifier of An Adult, and Final Order To Change The Sex and Gender Identifier of the Adult (Order). The former is a pleading to the judge to order agencies for the change in official documents, and the latter is signed by the judge to make the official order. These forms are filed with his/her fingerprints […]

Gender Marker Change in the State of Texas