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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your foreign-born ex-spouse wants to take your child(ren) to his or her country of origin for a visit, you may fear that (s)he will not return them to you in Texas at the end of the visit. Unfortunately, parental abduction is a far too frequent occurrence and can pose a significant problem when parents abduct their child(ren) to a foreign country.
People who co-parent with one another to take care of their children as directed in a divorce decree usually find themselves paying child support and following a parenting plan. Often times, the parent responsible for paying child support has other added financial responsibilities, including paying half of child care expenses, educational fees and medical expenses. In 2015, the Texas legislature passed a bill involving these medical financial expenses. However, it is only now that these regulations are taking effect.