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Protecting your credit during a divorce

As you prepare for divorce, you may be focusing your energy on the custody of your children and the division of your assets. Following your attorney's advice, you are considering the most efficient ways to provide well for your children and protect yourself financially in the future. What you may not realize is that your debts also play an important role in your divorce.

Along with asset division comes the division of debt. Unless you and your spouse signed a prenuptial agreement that maintained your debt separate from your spouse's, you are probably facing the possibility of walking away from the marriage with some financial baggage. However, there are steps you can take to minimize the impact.

Help keep the parent-child bond strong with virtual visitation

In a perfect world, all good and caring parents would have access to their children. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world, and quite a few parents in Texas have only limited visitation rights. Are you one of them?

Keeping the parent-child bond strong after a divorce or separation often proves to be a challenge for non-custodial parents. If appropriate, courts can arrange visitation to allow some physical time, but in some cases, the amount of time awarded leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, under the right circumstances, you may have the ability to add virtual visitation to your order, which may give you a little more access to your child.

Interracial couples, same-sex couples and custody: 50 years after Loving

Interracial couples and mixed-ethnicity families have gained greater rights and respect in the U.S., though many still face discrimination and bigotry in various forms. It's been 50 years since the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which effectively struck down states' prohibitions on interracial marriage. In the original Virginia ruling, Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, were sentenced to a year in jail ... for marrying each other.

Although much has changed in America in the half century since this civil-rights milestone, some interracial couples and same-sex couples still worry about how they are perceived and treated in their communities. Should they be concerned about how their Texas custody matters will play out?

Don't face complicated child custody issues on your own

It probably took you some time to decide just how to break the news of your impending divorce to your children. However, once you explained the situation, you may have been surprised at how resilient your children are and how supportive they could be. You then turned your attention toward child custody matters, knowing that a contentious situation could arise.

One of the best ways to prevent courtroom drama and major legal obstacles where child-related issues, such as visitation and support, are concerned, is to learn as much as you can ahead of time. It helps to have a basic understanding of the Texas laws that govern such matters.

Multi-cultural families often encounter unusual custody issues

Technology has made the world a smaller place. People from different countries meet online, fall in love and marry. Many learn to live with the cultural differences they now share and work together to provide their children with a multi-cultural upbringing, which may include visiting friends and family in your spouse's country of origin.

All of this makes sense and provides joy to the whole family as long as things are good between you and your spouse. If your relationship ends, the fact that your spouse is from another country could pose some unique custody issues.

Top reasons to mediate your divorce

Divorce is confusing, stressful and can be very difficult to deal with. One of the toughest parts of divorce is deciding with your ex how you will divorce. Some people will attempt to do it on their own; others will enlist help in the form of litigation and/or mediation.

Fighting for custody? Don't make these common mistakes

Custody battles can be messy and stir up a lot of emotions. While deciding to split with your partner, it became apparent to you that your soon-to-be-ex is not in a position to handle physical custody of the children. Unfortunately, they disagree and now it's up to a judge to decide how custody should be awarded.

The struggle of co-parenting with an addict

Maybe you smell it on their breath or see it in their eyes. Maybe you have known for years. Either way co-parenting with someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol might be the hardest thing you will have to do. You will try to convince, beg and bargain for them to get clean but they won't change until they are ready. At some point the frustration turns into concern for your kids.

Don't turn a blind eye

A true addict will jump through hoops to justify their behavior. They might tell you they are clean one day and the next day completely forget to pick the kids up from school. Don't go on ignoring the problem. It is important to address their substance abuse issue and tell them that you do not condone the behavior. If you worry about your child's wellbeing then you will need to take further measures.

How does child custody work when unmarried parents separate?

When parents separate, whether married or not, the best interest of the children will always be the most important factor when deciding on custody and visitation. Not all splits are amicable, which can make it difficult to come to an agreement. Getting along or finding a way to be civil with your ex, will be the best gift you could ever give your children. Don't put them in the middle of your relationship problems; it's not their fault you & your ex couldn't make it work.

After The Election: Common Concerns About International Child Custody

The recent presidential election is a cause of concern to many U.S. residents of different citizenship statuses. Some of these residents worry about custody of their children; single, divorced and remarried parents, in particular, wonder what would happen if they had to return to their country of birth.

The field of international family law addresses some of these important issues. If you are unsure about your custody rights as a non-citizen, or you or concerned about custody with regard to your child's other parent, get your questions answered.

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