child 3354376 1280
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

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 !

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

Co Parenting Tips
Summertime Co-Parenting Tips for divorced and separated parents by Gary Payton After getting over with the painful process of separation it is time to put a few things in order and organize them so that life becomes a bit less stressed. A number of divorces involve kids who are sent into the custody of one of the parents. Once a divorce has been processed via a divorce attorney the parents need to make sure that they bring up the kids in a way where they get the love and care of both the parents. Providing for the kids is the responsibility of both the parents. It is not only regarding the finances but also the emotional aspects of the kids need to be taken care. The kid should not feel an absence of one of the parent in his or her upbringing. Divorced parents need to keep their differences behind them especially when the vacations and social dos of their kids are involved. For this the divorced individuals need to keep coordinating among themselves to run things smoothly. Keep your communication alive and healthy Although you have been divorced still make sure to keep the communication channels open between both of you. This can be a big advantage to both of you in terms of any joint accounts you guys still hold together. For the sake of your kids you need to keep that communication up and running to ensure proper planning whenever your kids need your presence. It is important for kids to get the love and affection of both parents together. Being the biological parent it is your responsibility to make sure that you dedicate a few days to your kid who is living with your ex-spouse. Planning is the key to a beautiful summertime with your kids […]

Summertime Co-Parenting Tips

children religion
In this day and age, there are now more couples with different religious beliefs that are getting married. However, the downside is deciding which beliefs their children should follow. Yes, your child has the right to choose when he or she comes of age. However, parents have to decide for their children until then. The state of Texas passed the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) in 2015, which prohibits the government from meddling with religion. It also states that, under this law, it is illegal for individuals to use religion to ignore civil rights protections. Likewise, the First Amendment of the US Constitution gives Americans the right to exercise whatever religion they are accustomed, to or have chosen later in life. This goes for every citizen in all 50 states. That said, how will parents—both married and divorced—deal with choosing a religion their kids should follow? If the parents are still married The parents essentially have to agree on their kids’ religious upbringing. If they don’t, they can consult with a counselor about how they can approach this matter. But if the kids are old enough to decide on their own, they should let them choose which religion they want to adopt. If one parent has primary custody The court won’t determine the children’s religion, especially if they are young. But usually, children will adopt the beliefs of whoever has primary custody of them.  If divorced parents have joint custody? This can be tricky because the children will be exposed to multiple religious beliefs and practices. But, according to the law, courts aren’t allowed to meddle. What’s advisable is to let parents expose their kids to their respective religions. Again, courts won’t dictate what religion the children should be following, and neither should the parents. Why? Because religion can […]

Religious Disputes Between Parents

Visitation During a Child Protective Case in Texas
In a Child Protective Services case, one of the most important concerns is how soon a parent can see his or her child if the latter has been removed from the house of the former. If the Child Protective Services is granted temporary managing conservatorship, there are rules to be followed when it comes to the time they have to make the child available to see the parents. This article will discuss how the visitation process will be, when will it be, for how long the period of visitation should be, and tips on how to take advantage of the time granted to the parents for visitation in the best possible way. If Child Protective Services is granted temporary managing conservatorship rights because the parent has allegedly abused or neglected the child, the parent will be able to see the child not more than five days after the court grants the conservatorship rights to the services. At this point, the services should be coordinating with the parents, with the help of a CPS caseworker, to plan out a visitation schedule to have prearranged for their visitation.  The important factor considered in determining how often the parent can see the child is the individual circumstances surrounding the investigation. An instance is if the services has had the knowledge about an allegation of child abuse and their investigation obtains evidence that supports such allegation, it is possible that there may be no visitation unless the parent(s) undergoes counseling. The well-being and safety of the child is of paramount importance, and in this case, there would not be any difficulties in convincing a judge to order a limited or supervised visitation. If it is a limited visitation, the judge can decide on the place of visit as well as on the person who […]

Visitation During a CPS Case in Texas

parent alienating child
When a divorce comes into play in the family, the day to day events and challenges will change not only for the spouses, but for the rest of the family as well. When the relationship of both parents come to an end, the law gives the spouses the opportunity to go through the whole process of a Divorce. While this is going on in the court, there are many instances that may arise between the couple. It may be a possibility that both individuals come to the realization that they actually do not need a Divorce and will work things out. However, on the other hand, things may get worse as the Divorce is processed over time. When the parents are not in good terms, it is most likely that one of the spouses commit Parent Alienation. Parent Alienation Syndrome It is a common problem that most families face while going through a divorce, although cases may differ. To give a background, Parent Alienation Syndrome has been evident in families since the 1980s. Parent Alienation is when one of the spouses make different kinds of attempts for the children to turn against the other spouse. This may be in the form of verbal comments, emotional manipulation, and the like. This usually arises from anger of one spouse at the other, which will then be passed on to the children. Since the children are still more vulnerable compared to adults, and are more likely to believe their parents, the angry spouse is then presented with the opportunity to shed a bad light on the other parent, which may result to the child wanting to spend less time with the other parent being accused. A usual objective of the spouse who alienates the other is so that the children and the other […]

Everything You Need to Know About Parental Alienation

Families are the most important thing in the world; so, when something as ugly as drugs sneak into the picture, you want to do whatever you can to stop it. Drug addiction can as early as the teen years of a child. In some cases, even earlier. It can be terrifying, but for now, you need to be as calm as possible. 1. Talk to your partner Start off by talking with your partner. This is a problem that should be handled by a family. Communication is key and will become the most important tool you have to combat drugs. Having a long and hard talk with your spouse will help you work together and tackle this problem as partners. 2. Figure out how to talk to your child Now that you have a partner by your side, you need to think about how to talk to your child. Most drug users will likely deny any blame. You need to be prepared for that. While it may be difficult and painful to collect proof, you may need to do this. This might also be something your child will get angry about because you are invading his or her privacy. You will have to decide on how you want to collect the evidence or proceed without it. Whether you have evidence or not, your child will likely retort in anger or retreat into themselves and perhaps stay quiet for the entire discussion. You need to remain calm and not shout at them, you need to make it feel like it is a safe place to share and this will hopefully show them that you are here to help. There are times they will ask you if you never tried drugs before, whatever your answer is, this is not an absolution from […]

My Child Is Doing Drugs, What Now?