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Tips for effective coparenting

Co-parenting may be a reality for several years for Texas parents who get a divorce. While it can be challenging due to the upheaval and the emotions involved, there are a number of things parents can do to make co-parenting less difficult for themselves and their children.

Tyrese may handle his custody case without legal counsel

Entertainment news sources report that Tyrese's lawyer has filed for a substitution of attorney in connection with the artist's continuing custody battle with his ex-wife, and fans in Texas and other states may want to know more. Sources suggest that Tyrese will likely represent himself in the custody case unless he retains another lawyer before his next scheduled court date. He was expected to return to court for a hearing on Nov. 14.

Tips for negotiating coparenting after divorce

Some Texas fathers who are getting a divorce might be familiar with the stereotype that divorced fathers are uninterested in spending time with their children. The truth is that for many divorced fathers, time with their children is very important. Fathers may want to think about what kind of options will be acceptable to them regarding custody and visitation. Options they might consider include shared or joint physical custody or even sole custody.

Family courts and the "primary caretaker" standard

Child custody can be one of the thorniest and most emotional issues to handle when Texas couples decide to divorce. Both parents have an equal right to seek and obtain physical custody of their child, and most family law courts prefer agreements developed by the parents themselves with their lawyers. However, in more contentious cases, a family court judge makes a decision about who will get primary physical custody. In these situations, the parent that is determined to have been the child's "primary caretaker" may be awarded custody.

Audrina Patridge given custody of 15-month-old daughter

Texas parents who are seeking sole possession of their children may be interested to learn that on Oct. 6, actress Audrina Patridge was granted full custody of her 15-month-old daughter. The 32-year-old actress was married to her husband for 10 months before filing for divorce.

"Grey's Anatomy" actor reaches custody agreement

Texas television fans may be interested to learn that it has been reported that Jesse Williams, an actor who stars in "Grey's Anatomy", and his former wife have reached an agreement with regards to the custody of their children. According to reports, the two parents will share joint legal custody of their son and daughter. There was no mention of any physical custody arrangement.

Co-parenting under stress

Most divorced or separated parents in Texas work hard to maintain a positive relationship with the other parent of their child or children. Unfortunately, there are situations in which one parent is no longer acting in good faith and engages in toxic behavior. This behavior can make it difficult for the parents to work together to meet the needs of their children.

Divorced parents and consistent household rules

Divorced Texas parents might struggle to establish consistent rules for their children as the children move between the parents' two households. However, establishing this consistency is important. It provides stability and structure for children at a time of uncertainty and upheaval. Parents should make an effort to sit down together and talk about how they can make their household rules more consistent. Children who are old enough may want to participate in this process as well. Before this meeting, parents might want to think about what points they are willing to compromise on and which ones they can be more flexible about.

Sole custody prevents moms from entering workforce

Texas parents who are considering a divorce may be interested to learn that, in about 80 percent of child custody cases, custody of the children is still awarded to the mother. While mothers may be happy about this at first, it can potentially keep mothers trapped in the homemaker role and prevent them from finding a place in the workforce.