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Resolving shared parenting issues in child custody cases

Texas law believes that if, as a parent, you are facing divorce, maintaining your children's best interest is vital. This means that your situation may have built-in terms regarding child custody so that both parents are allotted sufficient opportunity to parent. The goal of state law and our office is that children benefit from the best relationship possible with both parents.

Paternity lawsuits may be necessary in child support cases

Child support cases in Texas often require the establishment of paternity as a preliminary matter. Paternity suits are typically filed by mothers or government agencies seeking support orders or by men seeking to establish custody or visitation rights. The requirements for establishing paternity are similar in nearly all states, but there are a few variations in Texas that may affect the process.

Child custody law in Texas

The family law in Texas recognizes the term "child custody" as "conservatorship," and the "custodian" as the "conservator." Unless the parents can agree on shared responsibilities, the court will identify the terms of the conservatorship under all legal rights of both spouses. The ultimate goal is the welfare of a child.

Overview of Texas conservatorship

While most people are familiar with the term "child custody," Texas labels this "conservatorship" and calls parents "conservators" instead of "custodians." When a couple ends their marriage in the state, they should try to work out a custody plan. In the event that this is not possible, a judge will rule on conservatorship and will mainly consider the best interests of the child.

New book examines how and why marriage is changing in the U.S.

In past decades, little girls often grew up dreaming about and planning their wedding day. Today, these idyllic images of a beautiful white dress, bright bouquet of flowers and handsome groom have all but faded for a select segment of the population. While much of the de-emphasis on marriage relates to the fact that women have more opportunities to pursue higher educational degrees and earn decent salaries, a new book provides additional insight into why fewer Americans are choosing to get married.

For parents, being able to effectively communicate with an ex-spouse can't wait until tomorrow

When lines of communication break down and a marriage becomes irreparable, it’s time to take action and file for divorce. In general, individuals who choose to divorce are seeking space and time away from an ex-spouse. For those couples with no children, making a clean break from an ex may be possible. However, for individuals with children, for better or worse, they are forever tied to an ex-spouse.