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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
When Texan parents get a divorce, matters of child custody must soon be dealt with. But is sole custody the right option, or would joint custody be a better fit? The answer will differ from family to family depending on a number of different factors.
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.
Divorcing parents in San Antonio may be prepared to invest a great deal of time, effort and emotion into battling it out with their soon-to-be exes over who gets custody of the kids. The negative feelings that they may currently share for each other likely have something to do with this, as their desire to punish their spouses for the others' parts in ending their marriages may be equally as strong as their concern for their kids' well-being. Yet if those involved in custody disputes such as these were able to peek into the future and see the results of their efforts, they may be more willing to work with their spouses to come to more amicable agreements.
For many in San Antonio, the first thing that they want to do after separating from their spouses is relocate. Putting distance between themselves and their exes may be seen as way of trying to move on in their lives. However, if a couple has children together, relocating after a divorce can complicate matters when determining child custody. As of 2013, the U.S. Census estimates that there are currently over 22 million children affected by custodial agreements. It is likely safe to assume that in at least some of those cases, the issue of custody agreement jurisdiction has come up.
It is not uncommon for child custody hearings in San Antonio to become contentious. Often, the negative emotions that divorcing spouses may feel towards each other combine with the love they have for their children to create a potentially explosive mix. This may cause a parent to lash out at the other in an attempt to undermine the his or her character (along with his or her parental abilities). While some may believe such action will support their own claims for custody, the court may actually view them as antics that may sabotage a parent’s efforts. This is especially true if one goes too far in heaving accusations at another.