Child Custody

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Parenting and the Right of First Refusal

Parenting and the Right of First Refusal

Parenting can be tough when you are undergoing a divorce as well as it is after a divorce. As a parent, you would want to be in a good co-parenting relationship with your ex-spouse once the divorce is finalized. You are probably aware that the toughest elements of the divorce are being felt by your child the most. Your child might understand more than what he or she lets on. It is your responsibility to deal with issues with your spouse so you can both be good parents to your child despite the divorce.   Right of First Refusal   When you are finalizing your divorce, you are probably negotiating with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse about many things concerning your family, especially child support and custody issues. You need to be aware that whatever you agree to during this period will be used as the standard of how you get on with your lives after the divorce. When the orders about your children in your Final Decree rolls out, you must know that this will be what you need to follow until your child’s 18th birthday. You and your spouse will have to concede certain issues to each other until you can […]

Typical child visitation schedule in Texas

An Overview of the Standard Visitation Schedule in Texas

Most of the time, parents undergoing a divorce find their child visitation schedule one of the most difficult things thing to deal with.  Child custody and divorce is challenging enough, but dealing with the changes where you’d have to visit your child while following a tight schedule is pretty tough. Parents facing this scenario tend to disagree on who gets to spend time with the child on which days of the week. They can also argue on who gets the child on each holiday and other special events. Even if the parents are pretty amicable with each other, it’s not always easy to come up with a flexible visitation schedule. The court often encourages a visitation schedule that fairly divides the child’s time between the two parents. It’s basically the essence of conservatorship in Texas. The Texas Family Code actually has a guideline when it comes to child visitation schedules. This guideline includes the daily schedule of the child, such as weekends, vacations and holidays. The guidelines apply to all but since each family situation is different, it doesn’t always have a positive effect on all families affected. For some, it has a positive effect. For others, it can be negative, depending on the circumstances […]

adoption in Texas

Texas Adoption Tips

Adoption in Texas is just one of the types of cases family law attorneys must deal with at times. Family law is indeed an area of law that has its own difficult circumstances. It’s mostly because family law attorneys have to deal with individual families who are going through the toughest period in their life. What makes it more difficult is the fact that sometimes, the result of the case doesn’t turn up the way we hope or expect it to be. We usually see who suffers the most, even under the best circumstances. Usually, it’s the children. However, adoption in Texas is not part of the depressing side of the practice. In fact, it’s one of the few types of cases wherein everyone can feel hopeful and bright. True, we can’t expect much humanity from people nowadays, but if you take time to watch court hearings regarding adoption, you’d see it. True, it’s mostly filled with tension and anxiety, but after all of that, when the adoption becomes successful, you’d see a beautiful sight. That is, the joy of new parents and children finding new parents. To commence the start of their parent-child relationship, the courtroom personnel, including the […]

Paternity and DNA testing

Paternity and DNA Testing in Texas: What You Need to Know

It can be pretty horrible when you’re just minding your own business and you suddenly receive a letter from the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division, demanding that you pay thousands of dollars in child support. It would feel as if your world has turned upside down in a matter of seconds. To make it worse, the letter informs you that you have been delinquent in paying child support. It’s a sticky situation, especially when you know in your soul and conscience that you are not a father – you are certain that you do not have a child. Does this shocking situation sound familiar? No, it’s not a plot of a movie, this really happens in real life. Of course, cases that require paternity determination do not always unfold like this, but you get the point: it’s pretty complicated. If you are in a similar situation, or if you know someone who is in a situation similar to the one we mentioned above, you need to understand that the  situation calls for a family law attorney. Legal advice would certainly be necessary to sort out the case. In cases such as the one mentioned in our scenario above, the […]

divorced parents in texas

A Holiday Reminder for Divorced Parents in Texas

  The holiday season may be almost over but it’s not a secret that it remains a challenge for divorced parents in Texas. Divorced parents also have to buy gifts, make and carry out plans for the holidays but it’s a period they have to deal with a little differently. To top that off, the holiday obligations all parents have to deal with can cause them to lose sight of what really counts during the holiday season. This season is still one that’s meant to be celebrated and enjoyed.   Stresses and Challenges of Divorced Parents in Texas   If you are a divorced parent, you must be already well-versed regarding the challenges and the struggles this holiday season brings. For sure you have your own holiday plans, and your spouse also has his or her own plans. Both of your expectations could be different, which poses as a potential risk for disappointments on either side during the holidays. Even if things go well between you and your ex-spouse for the rest of the year in terms of co-parenting, it is the holiday season at the end of the year that will really test your civility towards each other. There […]

christmas after your divorce

How To Prepare for Christmas After Your Divorce

The biggest holiday season of the year is approaching and for those who had just been divorced, the prospect of spending Christmas after your divorce can be daunting. Christmas is an event that is usually spent with family. The first Christmas after your divorce could be the toughest, since you could feel at a loss in the midst of the festivities. You should expect things to be different. In the past, you might have spent the holiday season from beginning to end with your kids, but now you will have to share the kids with your spouse, and it’s highly likely that you will spend the holidays separately. Of course, you will still be able to create and share priceless memories with your children at Christmas after your divorce but it will never be like the previous years again. It’s not something to be bitter about though. You should also consider your ex-spouse, who would also want to create new Christmas memories with your children in his or her own way.   Christmas Visitation After a Divorce in Texas If your final divorce decree was made in a Texas court, surely, one parent would have been awarded the right concerning […]

DUI and conservatorship

Does a DUI Affect Custody?

Before your attorney can answer any of your conservatorship questions, you will first need to provide information about you, your marriage and your family. First, there’s the basics. This includes your name, address and basically every significant information about you. You will also need to provide names, ages and other information about your children and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. The reason why you need to provide these to your attorney is simple: without this vital information, your attorney and the staff of the law firm won’t be able to prepare anything for your case. Or they could prepare for your case, but you can’t expect them to be able to do any proper preparation without this information. It’s like going to war. Your legal team can go to war, yes, but without ammunition. Your attorney may also ask about any dark secrets you make have. The worst time for the skeletons in your closet to come out and haunt you is when you are fighting for conservatorship during your divorce. Your spouse is probably the person who knows you the most. If there is anything he or she can use against you in court, it’s best to let your attorney know […]

parenting after your divorce

A Comprehensive Guide to Parenting After Your Divorce

Parenting after your divorce can undoubtedly be stressful. There are changes that you’ve never dreamed you’d ever have to deal with but now you are expected to deal with them one by one. Life after divorce without kids is difficult enough but the adjustments you’d have to face when you have kids is even worse. You will have to help the kids cope with the changes while fighting to cope yourself. Your rights, duties, and responsibilities will undergo a massive change. It’s natural for a parent to be somewhat afraid and worried about what life may hold after your divorce. Parenting after your divorce requires a lot of courage, determination, and patience. It will also require you to cooperate with your ex-spouse even when you don’t want to face him or her ever again. Basically, parenting after your divorce requires you to deal with conservatorship, child support, adjusting to the changes in your rights and duties as parents, and dealing with your child’s school. There’s a possibility that your child will have to change schools or deal with the changes while staying at the same school. There’s also a chance that you will have to deal with CPS if you’re […]

How Adultery and Pregnancy Affects a Divorce Case In Texas

How Adultery and Pregnancy Affects a Divorce Case In Texas

You may have noticed that adultery has snaked its way and somewhat settled itself into the society today. There are definitely more cases of adultery nowadays than ten years ago. Statistics suggest that this is somewhat related to people becoming less religious. Media such as movies and television programs are not helping either – they just help people become more comfortable in justifying adultery and decisions related to infidelity. Technology is also a factor because it makes adultery a lot easier. This is also one of the major reasons why the number of divorce cases and broken families are steadily on the rise. This post is not meant to be judgmental or offensive. Instead, it is just meant to discuss the relevant issues surrounding divorces that stem from adultery. This is a question that many clients ask: “How will adultery impact my divorce case?” Whether you are the one who cheated or the one who has been cheated on, there is a lot of information you need to know as you go down the path to your divorce. There will also be a handful of things to consider if infidelity is what led you to pursue divorce.   The Big […]

rumors about child support

Busting Myths and Rumors About Child Support in Texas

The area of family law that a lot of people are concerned about is the part that deals with child support. In a divorce, it’s unavoidable for both parents to worry about finances. It is common for the parent who needs to provide child support and the one on the receiving end of it to worry about it equally at the same time. As a parent, you will also worry about your rights and how and to what extent you should exercise it. You might hear a lot of rumors and myths from family members and friends who have been through it before or have heard about child support issues from others. They might want the best for you, but it does not necessarily mean that they can give you sound advice that you can really count on. You might voluntarily ask them for advice, but you can never know how accurate the advice you’d be getting unless they’re from legal experts skilled where family law is concerned. The thing with family law is that it changes quickly. What might have been true at that time your cousin had a divorce and had issues with child support may no longer […]