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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.

Divorced parents and summer vacation

Divorced parents in Texas often use the spring to start making their summer plans. This might involve a change in the usual custody and visitation schedule. Summers might be busier for children with more activities going on, but parents still need to be able to communicate and cooperate, and that is also better for a child's adjustment.

Children may be confused by delayed divorce plans

Making the decision to get divorced can be difficult for Texas parents. Many struggle with the decision for months or even years. During this period of indecision, they may fight with each other or decide to separate for a long period of time. Children may become confused if their parents are prolonging the decision to divorce.

Prepping for positive co-parenting

A co-parenting agreement might seem burdensome to a Texas parent who has a tough time getting along with their ex-spouse. Nonetheless, it is necessary to note that children have lasting connections to both parents and that working together as peacefully as possible benefits them. In making the best of a co-parenting plan, it is important to see the child's other parent as a partner.

Parental visitation and the holidays

Texas families affected by divorce may have to deal with significant challenges during the holiday season. While visitation schedules are often set by a judge, those parents who are able to work together to discuss parenting time may be able to arrive at a viable plan for the holidays without an outside party imposing a decision. Those who are just beginning divorce proceedings might want to use the holiday season as a springboard to developing a comprehensive parenting schedule for the current year as well as for the future.

Getting conservatorship of a child in Texas

In Texas, it may be possible for a non-parent relative of a child to get managing or possessory conservatorship of that child. There are two criteria that must be met before a relative is able to get managing conservatorship of a child. First, there must be proof that the child is currently or would suffer mental or physical harm by staying in the custody of his or her parents.

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