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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 […]

CPS in Texas

Everything You Need To Know About CPS in Texas

There are many situations that might lead CPS in Texas to take your child into their possession. CPS stands for Child Protection Services, and according to the Texas Family Code, it has the authority to handle investigations regarding neglect and abuse against children. CPS in Texas will carry out investigations when there are signs and allegations of abuse or neglect, such as when The Rights and Duties of Texas Parents  are not properly followed. If proven, the CPS can take your child away from your home. There are hotlines that are available 24/7 that are open for reports of abuse and neglect. Any report will be treated with utmost confidentiality. There are also some professionals who have the obligation to report abuse and neglect against children when they know of it. These professionals include police officers, doctors, teachers, and lawyers. If someone makes a report to CPS regarding your child, the CPS office in your area will be notified and they will begin the investigations. What To Do When CPS Investigation Begins and Your Child is Involved When there is an investigation that needs to be done, a caseworker from CPS in Texas will be assigned to handle the case. The caseworker […]

2017 Court Appointed Family Advocates Advanced CLE

October 27, 2017 – all day UT Thompson Center Includes morning refreshments, lunch, afternoon snack, and parking! 6.25 credit hours; 2.5 ethics Cost: $110 for Austin Bar Association CAFA Section Members $135 for non-members of the Austin Bar Association CAFA Section   Presentations Include: Legislative Update Case Law Update Drafting and Setting Motions Using the De-Identified Case Record in Court Forming relationships with professionals Trauma Informed Represntation Lunch Options – Boxed Salads and Sandwiches; all include a cookie and beverage. Cobb Salad – Strips of turkey breast, diced tomatoes, chopped hard boiled egg, diced celery, scallions, and bacon crumbles served over a bed of Romaine lettuce with blue cheese dressing. Chicken Southwest Salad – Grilled chicken with black bean salsa, cheddar jack cheese, and baked corn tortilla chips served with an avocado chipotle dressing. Ham and Swiss on a Croissant – with lettuce and tomato. Served with fruit salad and chips. Hummus, Avocado and Roasted Veggie Wrap – creamy hummus, ripe avocado, and roasted eggplant, zucchini, red pepper, and red onions marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette rolled in a soft flour tortilla. Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwich – Balsamic grilled chicken with Honey-BBQ Ranch Dressing, Roasted Onions, Lettuce and tomato on a multi-grain bun.   Register […]

CPS Parent Resource Guide

CPS Parent Resource Guide Part 15: Managing Your Resources & Case Planning:

Managing Your Resources & Case Planning   The most important thing to remember is that with the amount of information to keep track of in a CPS case, you must write everything down! You know by now how complicated a CPS case is, it is imperative that everything is written down.   The goal is to prove to your CPS worker that you are a responsible, organized adult who is able to manage your case and the many responsibilities that come with it. By keeping track of, and showing up, to your appointments, as well as visiting your children you can help show the court and CPS how hard you are working to protect your child.   A helpful tip is to keep a log system of contacts, phone calls, and a visitation checklist. Every time you call your caseworker or someone else related to your case, even if you end up leaving a message or someone calls you, write down the person’s phone number, the date, the name of the person calling, and what was discussed. If you tried calling but the person was not there, write down what you said in the voicemail message. It is helpful to […]