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How to deal with parental alienation

Parental alienation is the name for a situation in which one parent tries to turn a child against the other parent. There are several ways that estranged Texas couples may be able to recognize the syndrome, and they may also be able to take steps to decrease the influence of the other parent.

Reasons why Texas couples divorce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that after being married for five years, 22 percent of couples around the country will have their marriage disrupted by a death, separation or divorce. For couples that have been married for at least 20 years, the rate increases to 53 percent.

Divorced parents need common ground for house rules

While divorcing is the right option in many cases, trying to raise the children together after a break up can still present challenges. Texas parents must attempt to work together because children need consistency and structure after a divorce. This is why it is a good idea for parents to discuss house rules together so that there is consistency.

The impact of harsher immigration policies on children

Children born in Texas become American citizens automatically, but this does not change the immigration statuses of their parents. President Trump vowed to stiffen border protections and take action against illegal aliens during a contentious election campaign, and this has prompted undocumented workers in immigrant communities across the country to put contingency child custody provisions into place for their American citizen children should they be deported.

Shared parenting as an alternative to sole custody

Some Texas fathers who are going through a divorcestruggle to get custody of their children. Courts still tend to favor giving physical custody to mothers, but shared parenting is on the rise. This arrangement, in which children spend about the same amount of time with each parent, has been shown to be beneficial for children, and it is the usual practice in some countries such as Sweden and Australia. Several U.S. states have also passed laws that encourage shared parenting.

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.

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