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January 2020 Archives

Effective coparenting after divorce

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce for parents in Houston is co-parenting with an ex-spouse. A healthy co-parenting arrangement can help children adjust. While communication is an important element of functional co-parenting, this does not mean parents must carry on in-person conversations if it is difficult for them. They may want to use text, email or even online tools specifically designed to facilitate conversations about custody. Parents should never use their children as messengers.

Winning custody means fighting for your child's best interests

The last thing you wanted was for the bitterness that defined your breakup to affect your children. Nevertheless, here you are facing a brutal custody battle. Whether your ex is fighting for full custody or you are trying to protect your children from a bad situation, you probably know how much the outcome will affect your life and the lives of your kids.

How taking early distributions may affect an IRA split

Houston couples who are getting a divorce may need to divide a retirement account. Some types of retirement accounts, such as 401(k)s, require a document known as a qualified domestic relations order. To divide an IRA, it is only necessary to submit the divorce decree to the custodian of the IRA.

What to know about virtual visitation

Ideally, Texas divorced parents would be able to spend time with their children on a regular basis. However, some parents live too far from their children to make regular visitation worth pursuing. Those who aren't able to physically visit with their children may be entitled to virtual visitation sessions. Virtual visitation may involve exchanging emails, text messages or videos on a regular basis.

Divorce may bring out the worst in your spouse

No matter how mutual or agreeable the decision to divorce is between you and your spouse, it is not unusual for the divorce process to quickly turn ugly. Often as the process moves forward, a spouse may feel like he or she is losing control of the situation or may get some bad advice. Before you know it, you are in the middle of a war.

Are you ready to divorce your addicted spouse?

An addiction to drugs or alcohol can destroy many aspects of a person's life. Health, finances and personal relationships may all suffer while someone struggles with substance abuse issues. Among those personal relationships that suffer, a marriage is bound to be one of them.

How a calendar can be useful during a divorce

When parents in Houston gather financial documents in preparation for a divorce, they should not forget calendars. These can be valuable resources in figuring out dates, parenting time, expenses and more. Calendars can also serve as evidence in the event of a dispute. One part of the divorce process for parents usually involves having to provide detailed information about children's activities and health.

How the Hague Convention applies to international child abduction

Texas residents have witnessed the world becoming an increasingly smaller place. It's more accessible, which has led to many marriages between individuals who originate in different countries. This has led to some complex child custody disputes. Many have questions about what laws apply when a parent takes a child from one nation to another without the consent of their spouse.

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