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Study finds parental alienation often used against mothers

When Texas couples are going through a divorce, it might involve a custody battle in which one parent claims that the other parent is guilty of parental alienation. However, some experts say that this claim is not scientifically sound and that it is a way to distract from an abusive parent.

The challenges of co-parenting with a difficult ex-spouse

Setting boundaries with a difficult ex-spouse can be critical for divorced parents in Texas. Parents should keep two things in mind: One is that they should focus on what is in the best interests of the child. The other is that the best approach to co-parenting with a difficult former spouse is not that different from co-parenting with a more cooperative ex-spouse.

How do military couples handle custody?

Texan couples who have children already have to deal with the complex matter of child custody. But what about couples where one or both members are active military members? We at the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., are here to discuss your possible options for handling child custody while being in the military.

Can divorce mediators help with custody disagreements?

On top of the usual matters of divorce like alimony and property division, Texan parents have one other incredibly important aspect to handle: their children. How will you raise them? Who will get custody? How will you work out visitation schedules? It can seem impossible to come to an agreement, especially if you don't get along well.

Summer presents visitation challenges

At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., we know that it can be a challenge any time of year for divorced parents who share custody. However, you and other Texas residents may find it particularly difficult to juggle your everyday responsibilities and visitation time during the summer months.

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.