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What is a Standard Possession Order?

If you and your spouse decide to seek a Texas divorce, one of the most important things you will have to do is devise a post-divorce parenting plan setting forth how the two of you intend to make sure that your children continue to have the benefits of a continuing relationship with both of you. Admittedly, it can be difficult to arrive at a plan with which you both agree and will commit to live by. But what you need to realize is that if you and your spouse fail to agree to a parenting plan of your own devising, Texas law will put one in place for you.

Parental relocation in Texas

It is not uncommon for those who have recently divorced to want to move away from Houston. Staying in the same general area in which they made their lives with their ex-spouse may serve to bring up painful memories of the circumstances that contributed to the end off their marriage. For this reason, many of those who relocate after a divorce will often seek to put distance between themselves and their ex-spouses. Americans in general tend to go significant distances when they move (indeed, information shared by Move.org shows that over one-third of relocations are outside of one's current county). Yet moving away can be complicated when a divorced couple shares custody of their children. 

Benefits of joint custody

If you are a parent in Texas and are going through a divorce, figuring out custody is probably high on your priority list. While you may think you are the better parent and want to fight for sole custody, it is important to take a step back and look at the benefits to both your child and you when the court decides on joint custody. While joint may not be the best in every situation, it is the preferred method for most families.

What steps can you take to prevent international child abduction?

Anyone who has ever gone through a Texas divorce can likely attest that the process can prove long, tedious and complicated, and in situations where the married parties are from two different nations, the separation can prove even more convoluted. You may, for example, have to navigate complex child custody matters, and depending on the relationship between you and your ex, you may, too, have concerns about your former partner abducting your child and taking him or her overseas.

Dealing with court-ordered mediation

Many Texas court systems recommend, offer or order mediation services for divorcing couples. Understanding the court's position on this conflict-resolution tool often helps litigants get the most out of mandatory mediation sessions. There is not much continuity within the different circuits, but there are some predictable elements. 

Drug addiction and divorce issues

A marriage may come to an end because of abuse, infidelity, incompatibility or constant fighting over major issues (such as relocation, a child’s college education, etc.). However, some marriages fall apart as a result of drug addiction, which can be extremely disruptive. Many people struggle with an addiction to drugs, whether they started taking prescription medication and developed a crippling addiction to opiates or they are addicted to some other substance after repeated use. When it comes to drug addiction and divorce, there are a number of topics to consider.

How can I avoid common child custody mistakes?

If you’re currently going through a divorce in Houston, chances are you have a strong opinion about custody and visitation. While all courts look to uphold the best interests of the child when making these decisions, parents must take the proper steps to avoid common mistakes and strengthen their cases. Live About offers the following insight, which will help you when devising a legal approach with your attorney.

How Texas determines the “best interests of the child”

When you find yourself involved in a Texas child custody case, you will likely hear the term, “best interests of the child” thrown around quite a bit. Ultimately, “the best interests of the child” is what a judge will consider before making any determinations about who should have custodial rights, but there are many different areas that come into play when assessing a child’s best interests. At Laura Dale & Associates, P.C., we are well-versed in the many factors a judge will typically consider when making custody-related decisions, and we have helped many people embroiled in child custody cases pursue solutions that meet their needs.

What can I spend my child support money on?

As a Texas parent who receives child support money from your child’s other parent, you may have heard all kinds of rumors about what you can and cannot spend that money on. Unfortunately, many parents like you labor under the misconception that they must spend child support money only on their child’s basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. As FindLaw points out, however, such is not the case. In fact, you will be happy to know that you have enormous flexibility in the kinds of things you can legitimately spend this money on.

Are more men getting custody of their children?

Going through a divorce or legal separation in Texas, or anywhere in the United States, can be difficult and often overwhelming. This is especially true if there are children involved. Parents who have spent a good portion of their lives taking care of their children must suddenly split their time with the other spouse, which can be hard in certain situations. Traditionally, mothers have been awarded primary custody of the children, as they were generally the ones who stayed at home and cared for the children.

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