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January 2018 Archives

What legal rights do step-parents have?

Family structures come in all shapes and sizes. As divorce rates have continued to remain steady for years, blended families and step-parent relationships have continued to be on the rise. With step-parenting becoming more common during many children's formative year's, many people are recognizing the important bond that still forms between parents and their non-biological children. Until 2000 the courts had often failed to acknowledge the importance of the step-parent/step-child relationship often failing to include the step-parent in any post-divorce custody situations. Now the courts have begun to acknowledge the bond and relationship development between step-parents and the children they help to raise and step-parents are now a larger part of the consideration during visitation and custody proceedings.

Using technology wisely when you share custody

Technology can be a double-edged sword with regard to family legal battles. For instance, it can spark contentious battles during a divorce when spouses use GPS or malware to spy on each other, but it also can preserve relationships between parents and children by allowing them to stay connected when they cannot be together physically.

What you can do about high-conflict custody exchanges

Exchanging custody can be difficult when parents resent, distrust or hate each other. Even brief encounters can spiral into screaming matches, and there are parents who simply won't show up to an exchange in an effort to punish the other parent. There may also be legitimate concerns about a child's safety.

Addressing a child's preference in a custody case

One of the factors that Texas courts can consider when determining child custody is the preference of the child. This doesn't always happen, particularly if the child is under 12, but parents should understand and respect the fact that a child can have a say in his or her own future.