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When parents do not show up for their visitation time

Texas courts consider the best interests of the child when awarding custody and visitation rights. However, just because a judge says that non-custodial parents can visit their child does not mean they will. Failing to spend time with children could hurt their feelings, but custodial parents should consider the potential damage that seeking a change to the visitation schedule in response to a parent not showing up could inflict as well.

Grandparent rights to a child in Texas

In Texas, a child's grandparent may petition for legal custody or visitation rights if it is in the best interest of the child. In addition, the courts must find that the child is being abused by a parent or that the child's legal parents are getting divorced. A petition may also be granted if the child's parent has been incarcerated or died or if the child has lived with the grandparent for more than six months.

The rise and fall of divorce

It is a popular belief in this country that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. However, this idea might have stemmed from a historical anomaly, authorities state in recent media reports. Moreover, couples in Texas considering marriage may be heartened to hear that the divorce rate is in reality on the decline, purportedly.

Examining the role of alternative dispute resolution in divorce

Texas couples who are seeking a divorce may be interested in alternatives to going through a long trial in order to resolve the end of a marriage. These alternative methods can help to save money and headache. While a trial is one way to decide the terms of a divorce, the time and expense of the process makes it difficult for many former couples to go through. For this reason, many divorces end in a settlement arrangement, rather than a judicial decision. Alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediatio, allow the divorcing spouses to decide how their divorce goes on their own terms. This occurs through voluntary negotiations with the help of a neutral mediator who leads the former couple through these negotiations on the various important matters.

Dangers of adoption fraud

People in Texas who are considering adoption or who are thinking of giving up a child should be wary of becoming victims of adoption fraud. Private agencies, birth mothers, facilitators and prospective parents might all be perpetrators of fraud in an adoption. There are warning signs birth parents and prospective parents could watch for that might reduce their risk of being deceived.

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