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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How To Prepare for and Complete Your Divorce Successfully

It takes a lot of preparation and information if you want to divorce successfully. We have previously discussed many times the preparation and the possible issues you should prepare for when you deal with a divorce. If you want to complete a divorce successfully, you also need to absorb a lot of useful information in case you need it sometime later. You can read through this article for our complete guide. We have also included links to detailed articles for your reference. First, you need to find a good lawyer who can be on your side and who would fight for you until you complete your divorce successfully. You also need to familiarize yourself with the issues that might arise during the divorce so that you can make ample preparations. 1. Finding the right Attorney Finding the right attorney is all about knowing what qualifications you should look for. You also need to have a budget of up to how much you’re willing to pay so that you can look for an attorney whose fees are within your means. Make sure not to hire someone just because of money though. If they’re too cheap or too expensive, it won’t do […]

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Divorce Components

The different components of a divorce are worth thinking about individually. Sometimes it is easier to break a big issue down to the individual components, because trying to handle it all at once is too much. In everything that you face in life, proper evaluation is necessary so that you can prepare and react appropriately. Sometimes, it is easy to conclude that a certain thing is impossible to accomplish or conquer when you are just evaluating it from one aspect. However, viewing it from different sides and studying each factor would make you realize that it’s not impossible to deal with it successfully. In fact, it is much easier to handle a gigantic thing when you deal with it one little piece of it at a time. This can also be your mindset towards divorce. Now you are probably wondering what are the smaller factors that constitute this huge, intimidating thing called divorce. You might have heard about many different factors of divorce from your friends, but not all of those apply to you because each situation is different. There are a few of it that applies to almost all divorce cases though. Check out these relevant factors of divorce […]

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Guideline Child Support in Texas

Most people who are undergoing a divorce worry about the child support guideline. When child custody is an issue, it’s common for parents to wonder how much child support is imposed by the state of Texas on a monthly basis. The The Rights and Duties of Texas Parents vary by case. If you are the parent who stays with the child and provides care regularly, you would surely be concerned about the amount you receive for child support. It’s easy to worry that the amount you will receive will not be enough for the needs of your child. If you are the parent who needs to pay child support, your main concern should be all about how the ordered amount will be too big for you. You must be worried right now that the amount the court will ask you to pay would be difficult to come up with monthly. Must-Know Facts About Modifying Child Support in Texas The State of Texas has a set amount of child support that the parent who doesn’t have the custody of the child needs to pay monthly. This needs to be paid to the parent who has the custody of the child. There will […]

Making changes in Child Support in Texas

Must-Know Facts About Modifying Child Support in Texas

The guidelines for child support changes in Texas can be found in the Texas Family Code. There are rules that are strictly imposed when it comes to making child support changes in Texas. There are many factors that can lead to changes in the child support amount. These factors can include a significant increase or in a decrease in income. Child support changes in Texas must be done officially, with the judge’s approval. No matter how much you want to settle the matter outside of the court, it is still ideal to make the changes official for your financial security. If you make the changes outside of the court, sealing it with a handshake between you and your ex-spouse, the other party could go back on their word anytime, and you could suffer financially. True, it would be possible for that arrangement to work for a certain period of time, but you wouldn’t have the legal security for the future. Imagine when your spouse would suddenly have financial issues in the future or when some medical bills or major extracurricular expense would come up. It would be an extremely difficult time if your ex-spouse would suddenly decide not to honor […]

Changing schools after the divorce

Things to Think About Before Changing Schools After the Divorce

If you are undergoing a divorce now, changing schools after the divorce is one of the major changes that you will have to anticipate. For sure, you will go through many changes, more than just transferring the kids to another school as you go through the divorce. You could also move your residence, get another job, and of course, you will have to get used to not having your spouse with you. You might even have to let go of property that you valued. There will be physical, mental, emotional, social and financial adjustments before the divorce is even finalized. In the midst of all these, you can’t help but worry about the kids. Will you really have to change your child’s school? How will the divorce affect your child? You will keep on hoping that the divorce will not have a strong negative impact on the kids, emotionally, socially and academically. Your children will surely have to deal with changes in their own way too. The most significant change is probably the fact that they would no longer stay under one roof with two parents and that they might have to move from one home to another. It can be a […]

rights and duties of Texas parents

The Rights and Duties of Texas Parents

When you are getting a divorce, establishing the rights and duties of Texas parents before the divorce is finalized is a must. It is also important to pay attention to the parenting plan that will be included in your final divorce decree. The parenting plan will include many things such as a guide to the rights and duties of Texas parents until the children graduate high school or turn 18, as well your considerations regarding your child after the divorce. In other words, the parenting plan will include information about conservatorship and child support as well as access and possession information. These factors cover the different parenting methods you’d have to adapt following the divorce. Of course, these factors are basically the same ones you need to maintain a good relationship with your child even while staying married. It’s just that in a divorce, the judge will spell out your duties and responsibilities clearly in a legal document. Most parents are most concerned about how much time they’d be allowed to spend with the children after the divorce. Here are the things you need to know about the factors mentioned above so that you can feel at ease somehow, and […]

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How to Prepare to Meet Your Divorce Attorney for the First Time

A divorce attorney is who you need next once you have decided that you are going through with the divorce you’ve been thinking about for a long time. You will want to speak to an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your divorce plans. There are many family law attorneys you can contact, and most consultations are free. You need to look for a divorce attorney who knows how to put you at ease. After all, a divorce is a serious matter and you’d have to deal with many uncomfortable things, so you need an attorney who can make you feel comfortable. Since you are planning to meet a divorce attorney for the first time, it is reasonable to think about the kind of preparation you need to do in order to ensure that your first meeting will go smoothly. There are definitely things you can try to prepare to have a more efficient discussion on your first meeting, but not preparing these things does not mean that your meeting would be a complete failure. It’s just that with these prepared before your first meeting, your attorney would be able to easily address your concerns and make the necessary plans […]