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How far would you go to get custody?

How far would you go to get custody of your child? In one recent Texas case reported by U.S. News & World Report, one 34-year old mother (along with her husband and father-in-law), plotted the death of the man who had been awarded custody of their daughter from a previous relationship. According to court records, after the woman stabbed the man to death, she and her father-in-law drove to the victim’s home in Abilene to take the child. Ultimately, the plan failed and the woman was charged with murder, while her accomplices were arrested for conspiracy. 

There is a better way

Advice for dads: navigating the divorce process

One of the most devastating aspects of divorce for fathers can often be the prospect of losing a valuable bond with their children, or the fear of losing custody of them completely. Although such worries are understandable, especially at such a tumultuous time, there should be no reason to fear. If a loving father takes the right approach to the divorce process, there should be no reason why he loses a connection with his children. If anything, the relationship could become stronger as a result.

Access to support that single dads need

Over the years, the percentage of households that consist of single dads rather than two parents or single moms has increased rapidly. But unfortunately, there is often not much support out there for the specific needs of single dads and their children. Because of the traditional scenario of single moms taking full or majority custody of their children, there are a lot of resources out there for mothers. But when it comes to dads, it might feel like the cards are stacked against them, especially when it comes to finding supports and resources.

This blog will provide a brief overview of some useful resources that can provide much-needed support for single dads.

A dad's guide to custody battles

As a dad, it can be heartbreaking to go through a custody battle to fight for time with your kids. This is not made easier by the fact that many expect mothers to get the majority of the time with their children. Maybe you are involved in a battle where the mother is determined to get full custody, perhaps you believe that you should be entitled to a 50/50 time split, or perhaps you are concerned about the mother's ability to parent.

This blog will provide a brief insight into some top tips for fathers that want their voice heard, want a fair chance to raise their children and have a custody agreement that they deserve.

Fathers in Texas continue the fight for custody rights

We've heard it for years: When it comes to custody of a child, mothers are given preferential treatment by the courts. Many men heading into divorce don't even bother to try, due to what they perceive as an expensive, uphill battle. The truth is, though, Texas family law courts expect both parents to share their rights and responsibilities as parents. Equally true, however, is that the mother will be awarded primary conservatorship in the majority of cases when the issue is under dispute. But is that due to bias toward the mother, or other factors taken into consideration?

Fathers trying to get their voices heard

The harsh reality of being a single father

Everyone wants the best for their children, and with that a secure family unit is seen by society as the ideal. But often that is not realistic; relationships fall apart, rifts divide and parents separate or decide to divorce. But just because a family is not a traditional unit doesn't mean that you cannot provide a loving support system for your children. More fathers than ever are single fathers, and although it can be difficult to raise your children partially or completely alone, it's a great foundation for a child's development.

Being a single father is inexplicably rewarding, but it doesn't come without its challenges. The following blog contains some amusing but unfortunate anecdotes of the reality of being a single father.

How to legally establish paternity

If unmarried parents separate, it is extremely important from a child custody perspective for the father to establish legal paternity. In order to do this, you usually have to start a court case. The exact procedure varies from state to state, but in an ideal situation, it should be done immediately after the child is born.

This blog will serve as a brief overview on the steps a man should take in establishing the legal paternity of his child, and what challenges can occur.

Should I be considering divorce mediation?

Divorce can bring up a lot of tense feelings as you try to figure out the best steps from which to move forward. Doing this in a formal divorce court can sometimes feel overwhelming. Divorce mediation is sometimes a good option when you want to have a safe space in which to negotiate with your former spouse.

This blog will provide a brief overview into the advantages and disadvantages of divorce mediation and how it can possibly be beneficial to both parties involved.

Why do Texas courts use the term "conservatorship"?

In Texas, child custody language varies slightly to the language used in many other states. When talking about child custody, Texan courts instead refer to "conservatorship". In the same light, they also name what other states would call a child's custodian as a "conservator". The word "conservatorship" is used to describe the responsibilities as well as the rights that a parent has towards a child when he or she is in a parent's custody.

What are the types of child conservatorships?

Executive compensation and your divorce

Going through a divorce can be extremely stressful -- even when considering only the emotional side of things. When adding on top of that the pressure and complications that arise from dividing assets, a situation could become too much to handle.

That's why it's important to make sure that you are well-prepared and understand your financial rights in many areas as you proceed. This blog will provide a brief overview on how to navigate the issues of dividing different types of executive compensation during your divorce.