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January 2019 Archives

What to keep in mind when planning a parenting schedule

Parents in Texas who are planning a parenting schedule during divorce should not aim for one that prioritizes their convenience above all. They should also avoid looking at the parenting schedule as an opportunity to win or lose against the other parent. The focus of the schedule should be on what is best for the child and what will support the child's relationship with both parents.

What to know about child support during the shutdown

Federal employees who are parents and who aren't working because of the government shutdown are still required to make child support payments. However, authorities in Texas say that they are aware the shutdown could make it difficult to make those payments on time. Parents are encouraged to contact state authorities to discuss their options and to possible make alternate payment arrangements. Noncustodial parents are also encouraged to talk with the custodial parent about alternate payment options.

When temporary guardianship is in a child's best interest

If parents in Texas are not capable of caring for their children, it may be possible to craft a temporary guardianship order. The order will give an outside party the ability to obtain many of the same rights that the child's legal parents have. Therefore, it is important that a temporary guardian be chosen carefully. In some cases, the first choice won't be available as the role could be more than he or she wants to take on.

What happens when wealthy couples divorce

Wealthy couples who are getting a divorce may learn from the example of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife. Like Texas, Washington is a community property state, and this means that since Bezos started the company after the two were married, he and his wife may split Amazon stock 50/50. However, this would change if they made an agreement at some point in their marriage about how to split property in a divorce.

How to handle exes who don't pay child support

Divorced parents in Texas can get frustrated when their exes stop paying child support, hence prompting them to withhold visitation rights till child support is paid. However, parents who do bar their exes from seeing their children are placing themselves on the bad side of the law.

Parental rights and divorce

Parents in Texas who are getting divorced might wonder what they can do to ensure that they remain a part of their children's lives. In particular, some fathers may be concerned that they will be regarded as less crucial in the child's life than the mother.

How to get possession of a child in Texas

After many Texas divorces involving parents, it's necessary for exes to determine how they will raise their children. In some cases, a parent will want sole possession of a son or daughter. To start a possession case, a parent will need to speak with the court clerk to learn the rules and procedures in a given jurisdiction.

How parents can resolve disputes regarding their children

In Texas, child custody cases revolve around what is in the best interests of the kids. In some cases, parents won't agree on what that may be. However, it is almost always in the child's best interest for a possession dispute to be resolved in an amicable manner. While a formal trial may be necessary, parents can first try to come to an agreement on their own or through mediation.

Why shared custody is best for children

Parents in Texas who are going through a divorce are concerned about the way it will impact their children. Mothers are often advised to seek sole custody of their children, even when fathers want to be a part of their children's lives. This advice is often thought to be in the best interests of the child.