Month

December 2017
Did you know that more than 10,000 Texan children are living with grandparents and other relatives as a result of parental drug or alcohol addiction? This means that thousands of families are dealing not just with complicated health and familial issues, but legal issues as well. If you are a grandparent who takes care of...
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Grandparents often play an important role in children’s lives. Unfortunately, there are some instances where grandparents can lose contact with their grandchildren, either from a separation, divorce, or a remarriage. Divorce especially triggers an outpouring of emotions for everyone involved, including the divorcing couple’s parent. While some marriages end amicably, others can end in a...
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It is not uncommon for people to have children outside of marriage today. Millennials are increasingly putting off marriage until they are older, and some plan to never marry. However, many young people in committed relationships still have children together. In these situations, regardless of how confident you are in the relationships with your partner...
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The death of a parent is a tragic event for any child to experience. In Texas, the court will look out for the child’s best interests and place them in a stable environment to help them cope and heal. The new custodian can vary depending on the situation. Surviving parent Generally, the court will award...
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Now that we have discussed what happens prior to and during a child custody case, we will dive into what happens afterwards. The child is in full custody of the sole managing conservator, and that leaves you as the possessory conservator. This means you have the right to consistent visits with your child. Along with...
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In the previous post, we discussed the process of using a mediator to decide child custody arrangements. However, when parents cannot come to a mediated resolution, the next step is to bring the case to court for trial. Types of conservatorship In Texas, the primary guardian is referred to as a “conservator.” The court will give one parent...
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One of the most arduous and heart-wrenching battles you can go through is a child custody battle. Combine these difficult situations with courtroom trials and huge legal fees, and the entire process can leave you feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. But when it comes to child custody, you want to give it the time...
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The overarching definition of parental rights is all of the legal rights and obligations that come with being a parent. This includes the responsibility to care for and protect your child, providing all your child’s needs, and making important decisions about your child’s life. In the case of a divorce, this also includes certain aspects...
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Over the last year, more than 20 states including Texas have considered bills that would presume equal parenting in child custody cases. The proposed measures are an attempt to level the playing field between mothers and fathers and to reflect research that shows children benefit when their parents co-parent. Currently, fathers can be at a...
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A child’s world is flipped upside down when the parents get a divorce. That’s why it’s important to establish a sense of normalcy in the household, especially when it comes to living arrangements. Visitation decisions and child custody is often based on the parents’ living situations. With the child’s and the parent’s individual living circumstances...
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