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Joint parenting tips

Parents in Texas who must learn how to raise their children with a former spouse or partner that they are no longer romantically involved with can find this a challenging thing indeed. Co-parenting, also called joint parenting, requires mothers and fathers to develop a level of consciousness about how they parent for the good of their kids.

Financial status should not prevent you from getting custody

You do not have to earn a lot of money to gain custody and provide a good life for your children. One of the ways that Texas courts balance financial burdens is by assigning child support payments. These payment schedules could allow you, as a lower earner than your spouse, to provide the same level of care as you would if you were still married.

How can enjoy the holidays if I don’t have my kids with me?

Co-parenting after your divorce is often called a juggling act, but you know it’s a lot more painful than that. To you, it can often seem like a tug-of-war. This is never truer for single parents in Texas than during the holiday season, when you and your ex are forced to trade off having the kids on major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. After your divorce, the holidays you used to cherish now become painful reminders of happier days, especially if you find yourself spending Christmas morning alone.

What is the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction?

When you fall in love with and marry someone from a foreign country, you live a true international love story. Unfortunately, if your marriage goes sour, your life can become quite complicated, especially if you have children. Whether you stay married or obtain a Texas divorce, your spouse or ex-spouse may decide to take the children overseas, supposedly to visit his or her relatives. Once there, however, (s)he then refuses to return the children to you and their home in the United States.

Can I move out of state with my children?

As a divorced Texas parent with residential custody of your children, it may never have occurred to you that you are not in total control of your or their lives. For instance, if your employer gives you a promotion that requires you to move out of state, can you do this?

What is a Standard Possession Order?

If you and your spouse are Texas parents contemplating a divorce, your biggest concern likely is the custody and visitation arrangement you will make for your children. You therefore should become familiar with two important legal terms Texas uses with regard to these matters. The first is possession order, meaning your parenting time schedule. The second is possessory conservator, meaning your children’s noncustodial parent.

How difficult is it to modify a child custody order?

If you and your spouse obtained a Texas divorce that included a custody and parenting time order, either or both of you can modify this order at any point in the future that a material and substantial change in circumstances occurs. As FindLaw explains, if your children were young at the time of your divorce, it is not unlikely that your original order may have to be modified several times as they grow up and their needs change.

Resources for child custody and child support issues

Recently divorced Texas couples tend to experience some friction when it comes to their new child custody and child support agreements. Just as with any compromise, neither party is likely to be completely satisfied with the result of a divorce. Fortunately, the state publishes several useful resources to help parents adjust to their new relationships and responsibilities.