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Avoiding disputes about child custody and vacation

Texas parents who are divorced might have specifications regarding vacation plans written into their custody orders. However, if they do not, this could become a point of conflict. Even when custody orders do specify how vacations should be divided, some tips may help reduce the likelihood of misunderstandings or tension.

Fighting for custody? Keep this in mind

Texas parents who are fighting for custody know that the whole process is delicate and emotional. When relatives and friends get involved, offering advice and pressuring towards certain decisions, it can become even more complicated. While working out a custody and parenting plan amicably is ideal, it is not always possible, particularly since the custody negotiations come after the dissolution of a relationship.

The anatomy of a child custody case

If a Texas parent is seeking custody of his or her child, he or she needs to establish that obtaining custody is in the child's best interest. In some cases, this may mean studying the law regardless of whether the parent wanted to resolve the case in court or by other means. Parents are urged to take nothing for granted when it comes to how a judge may rule.

Tips for preparing children for divorce

March is the most common month for divorce filings, and it is closely followed by August. Estranged parents in Texas and throughout the country might choose these months because they might be better for children. During March, parents might be able to deal with the requisite legal business while their children are busy with school, but others might prefer August when children are home more and they can spend more time together.

How Texas law treats noncustodial parents

Under Texas law, it is important that a noncustodial parent responds to any papers related to a child custody hearing. Failing to show up in court for a scheduled hearing could result in a judge making decisions for that parent related to paternity and child support. Those who are unable to go to a hearing should contact the court or the child support office to learn how to send a response.

Protecting children from the emotional fallout of divorce

Reaching a compromise that is acceptable to both spouses can be extremely difficult in Texas divorce cases due to the state's community property laws and incendiary nature of many of the matters discussed. However, even spouses that find it difficult to bear the sight of one another are often able to put their anger and resentment aside when the welfare of young children is involved.

Texas and grandparent rights

Texas family courts always attempt to uphold the best interests of the child in their decisions. If grandparents can show that their presence in their grandchild's life is beneficial to their interests, then the court may accede to a request for visitation rights or even the award of custody. The grandparent must be prepared to fulfill specific conditions required by the court, and greater authority over the child will require greater proof that the proposed course of action lies within the child's best interests.

Permission and planning in custody situations

Texas parents who are divorced and who do not have primary physical custody of their child could deal with some challenges in participating in certain facets of that child's life. In some cases, custodial parents tend to be restrictive in allowing visitation time in excess of that provided for in a parenting plan. This could be related to fears of their position being undermined by the other party. However, parents with joint legal custody might face times when they would like to be a part of special activities in order to cultivate a stronger relationship. The wording in a parenting plan can be so general and vague that it is easy to interpret certain issues in a manner that favors one's own point of view.

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