It's already October, and that means that divorced parents everywhere are about to go through than annual ordeal surrounding custody and visitation during the holidays. While your parenting plan may have established some ground rules and a schedule, that doesn't necessarily mean that things will work according to plan -- or that you even want it to work that way.
When parents go through a divorce, they usually have lots of questions related to their children -- particularly regarding the rules about custody. In Texas, one of the most important things divorcing couples need to understand is the role of the "managing conservator" in their children's lives.
Who has your child's best interests most at heart, you or someone else?
When tempers rise, anything can happen. Unfortunately, issues between a divorced (or divorcing) couple can sometimes get intense, especially if there are children involved. Disputes over custody and the parenting agreement (or one party's compliance with its terms) can sometimes lead to hostility or violence during custody exchanges.
When you make the decision to divorce your child's other parent, that decision will quite naturally affect your child. Some divorces are more amicable than others, but if you are in the throes of a particularly acrimonious split, every decision you make and action you take can come under intense scrutiny by your soon-to-be ex-spouse's attorney and the court itself.
Do you have a social media account? Just about everyone in American is online and connected somehow to social media. That is proving increasingly problematic when parents end up in custody battles because many divorcing couples don't realize that everything they put online is "fair game" in a custody fight.
If you're a parent who is filing for divorce, it's important to get a temporary parenting plan in place. In fact, a temporary parenting plan is essential when it comes to protecting your interests and preserving your rights as a parent.
Summer is almost here and the school year is officially over. For a lot of divorced parents of school-age children, that means one thing: It's time for the kids to spend some extended time with their other parent.
You hammered out the best parenting plan you could with your ex-spouse, but things change and it's no longer working. Your ex isn't interested in negotiating any changes, and in a moment of frustration, you think, "What can they do to me, anyhow, if I don't follow the plan?"
One of the worst threats your ex-partner can issue in the heat of anger is, "I'll take the kids and you'll never see them again!"