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How to identify and overcome parental alienation

Parental alienation takes place when one parent tries to manipulate the children into believing that the other parent is a bad person. In some cases, Texas residents engage in this behavior because they have Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Those who have this condition may act out because they are embarrassed or otherwise hurt by the fact that their marriages have come to an end.

Divorced parents can make co-parenting work

For divorced parents in Texas, co-parenting can often be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, aspects of adjusting to life after divorce. Individuals who are close to their children may be conscious of trying to avoid making the kids feel as if they need to choose sides between them even when the parents have a contentious relationship with one another. Some people may also feel like they need to compete with one another for their children's love and affection, especially when activities and standards are different between the parents' homes.

Pros and cons of sole legal custody

Disputes over child custody can take at least two forms. There are Texas parents who are contesting physical custody, but legal custody can also be contested though, and the fight over that can be the more important one in many cases. A parent with sole legal custody over a child is the only one authorized to make major decisions on the child's behalf. The decisions of this type include religious, healthcare and education choices.

Working together to create a parenting schedule during a divorce

When Texas couples decide to get a divorce or decide to split up, they will have to determine how they will deal with child custody. If parents agree to share custody, they will need a schedule that determines when each parent has custody of the children. Because each family is different and has different needs, there are no one-fits-all parenting schedules.

About non-custodial parents

Parents in Texas who have not yet resolved their child custody arrangements may be concerned with being appointed as the non-custodial parent, or the parent who has no physical custody of their children. Many myths about child custody ignore the fact that non-custodial parents can be given legal custody and are active participants in the upbringing of their children.

The process of establishing paternity

Texas residents and others can establish paternity in two different ways. First, they can voluntarily acknowledge paternity by filling out a form at the hospital when the baby is born or at any point before the child turns 18. It may also be possible to establish paternity through genetic testing if there is doubt about who the child's father is. Genetic testing will involve the mother and the child in addition to the alleged father.

Joint legal custody offers both benefits and drawbacks

Joint legal custody gives both divorced parents the right to be in charge of any major decisions about a child's life such as schools, medical care and religious training. Some Texas parents may share legal custody even if only one parent has physical custody and the other parent has visitation rights. This is an arrangement that has both advantages and disadvantages.