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Joint child custody needs the right schedule

Ending a marriage can be difficult for any Texas resident, but for individuals with children, additional difficulties may be a part of their cases. Child custody arrangements can certainly be a sticking point for many people, but for some parents, joint custody may be the agreement they feel will best suit their families. Of course, parenting together after divorce is not always easy.

Child support an important topic during and after divorce

Getting a divorce is not an easy task, even under the best of circumstances. When Texas parents end their marriages, they may have many concerns about how the changes will affect their children as well as their own financial situations. Because raising children is expensive, child support often comes into play when parents divorce.

The pros and cons of sole physical custody

When dealing with divorce, the common practice in Texas is to seek joint custody when possible as it is often considered best for the children. There are times, however, when parents choose to request sole physical custody. As with any custody arrangement, there are pros and cons to this situation.

The good and bad of sole legal child custody

When divorcing Texas parents are settling the child custody agreement, there are two aspects that must be considered. Physical custody refers to where the child will live. Legal custody refers to who has the right to make major decisions for the child. Legal custody can be sole or joint, just like physical custody. There are pros and cons to seeking sole legal child custody.

Child support is generally set by published state guidelines

When a married couple begins the divorce process in Texas there are usually several issues to resolve prior to achieving a mutual agreement to finalize the divorce. Spousal and child support are two vital areas that generally are agreed upon as part of the divorce negotiations. When the parties cannot come to an agreement on any particular subject, the ultimate decision will be determined and ordered by the family law judge after court hearings.

Your child doesn't want to visit? The reason could be innocent

If you have children who are part of your parenting plan, then you know that much of what happens each day relies on their compliance. If a child doesn't want to participate in the plan for any reason, it makes it much harder for everyone involved.

Child custody court decisions are based on the best interest test

In Texas, child custody is often referred to as a "conservatorship." Texas child custody law contains a presumption that the parents should be granted a joint managing conservatorship. This involves the sharing of equal management and possessory rights in the children and their upbringing. This is essentially the same thing as joint or shared custody concepts that are applied in other states.

Child custody case upholds right of foster parents to adopt

Texas family law practitioners are well aware of the contentious nature and emotionally charged intensity of child custody battles. A seasoned and knowledgeable attorney does not want to see a child custody case go in that direction and will always pursue every prospect for settlement as early as possible. When the dispute is one that cannot be resolved, litigation and a child custody trial will become necessary.

How drug use affects your right to custody

You always enjoyed smoking and otherwise using marijuana, particularly when you lived in states that allowed it. Now, in Texas, you've been caught smoking while going through a divorce. You have children, and you worry that it could impact your right to see and care for them.

Shared custody requires different calculation for child support

The traditional way that child support is handled in Texas is for the noncustodial parent to pay the custodial parent a certain amount on a monthly basis. This is calculated based on tables published by the state. They consider both parents' income, their expenses and other relevant factors. If the parents do not agree on the amount under the auspices of the county child support department, a hearing is scheduled in front of a family court judge and a support amount is ordered after the presentation of evidence.

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