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What will joint custody look like for your family?

If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse made the decision to work together to reach a custody agreement and devise a parenting plan, you are probably looking at sharing joint legal and physical custody of your children. Each of you wants to get as much time with the children as possible, which means that you need to find a way to keep the time as equal as possible.

Are you concerned that your ex may take your child?

Not every divorce can fit into the latest celebrity model of remaining friends and taking the children on vacations together. Some Texas parents may come close by agreeing to co-parent and cooperate with each other. Then there are parents who struggle just to be in the same room together, if that's even possible depending on the situation.

Adopting a child from abroad? Understand the Hague Convention

The Hague Convention, which was meant to prevent children under 16 from being taken from their "habitual" country of residence, entered into force in the U.S. in 1988; subsequently, the tenets of the convention become part of the international adoption process for American adoptive parents.

Can FaceTime be written into your child custody agreement?

If you are preparing for divorce in Texas, you should familiarize yourself with the laws that might apply to your situation. For instance, Texas happens to be one of only eight states in the entire nation that continue to operate under community property division guidelines. That may impact your settlement. Concerning child custody and visitation, there are new developments in the system that might benefit you and your children, especially if you are a non-custodial parent.

Where do your children's "best interests" lie in your divorce?

Like most conscientious parents, you work hard to help keep your children healthy in mind, body and soul. Parenting is a rewarding but daunting task. You're not naive enough to think your upcoming divorce is not going to affect your kids in any way. Perhaps you've been reading articles or books about how to help children fare well when their parents decide to end their marriages.

Texas marital property: Will your assets be split in a divorce?

While Texas grants many freedoms to its residents, some divorcing people here feel restricted when it comes to the division of property. That's because Texas is one of a few states in the nation that operate under community property laws in divorce.

Can I appeal or change my divorce decree, or is it permanent?

Going through the divorce process is rarely, if ever, easy. While you may be able to get through it without having to fight things out in front of a judge, you may not. Sometimes litigation is necessary. In some cases, a judge gets to make some big decisions that may not sit well with you. If that happens, you may be wondering if the decree or judgment is permanent and whether you can appeal it.

Can you end your marriage while avoiding a divorce?

There are many reasons why a person would want to avoid divorce, even when he or she wants to end a marriage. Annulment is an alternative to divorce, and it can accomplish many of the same things that a divorce does. However, the main difference between the two is that while a divorce ends a marriage, an annulment makes it as if it never existed.

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