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4 ways to prepare your child for two homes after divorce

No matter how you look at it, divorce is not a fun event to go through. It is hard on the parents, the kids and even the pets. Switching from one home to two is often difficult for children, and they may have a serious adjustment period. As their parents, you want what is best for them, but the reality is that they are going to be splitting their time between two homes. To make it a little easier on them to accept their new normal, there are a few tips to help them adjust.

3 types of child custody crimes in Texas

When it comes to divorce, the ugliest part is often establishing custody of minor children. Custody battles not only do harm to the children, but they can harm to the parents as well. If you are angry with how your ex-spouse is handling this issue and frustrated with the time it takes for the court to order a resolution, you may be tempted to take matters into your own hands. This is a bad idea as there are three general ways you can commit a child custody crime in Texas, as outlined in the state's penal code.

Consequences of disobeying child custody orders

Child custody orders are (usually) a paragon of compromise. The court tries to act in the best interests of the child, and that (usually) means including both parents in the custody arrangement. Unfortunately, compromise is another word for "everyone is unhappy settlement." Sometimes that unhappiness can lead parents down unwise paths.

Should you withhold support payments in a custody dispute?

In short, no, you should not take retaliatory action to make your point during a dispute. The courts universally take a dim view of parents that stop child support payments as a bargaining chip in a custody dispute. From a legal standpoint, child support and custody arrangements are standalone legal issues. In fact, courts can and do order child support while forbidding visitation; it is rare, but it can happen.

Reclaiming your parenting time as a father: what you can do if your ex won't let you connect with your children

You never thought it would end up this way: after the divorce, you rarely see your kids. You are a father who is frustrated that your ex will not let you visit the kids. You worry how much longer you will have to wait to see them and be involved in their lives. "It's been too long, but maybe next month will be better," you tell yourself. You hope. You wait.

Interstate child custody dispute explained

Interstate child custody disputes are slightly more complicated than the typical intrastate dispute. Interstate custodial disputes involve issues with constitutional law, custodial law and recognition of lawsuits by other state courts. This post will review the various legal issues surrounding interstate child custody disputes.

Domestic violence and its effect on child custody agreements

The court is bound to determine all child custody arrangements under what would be in the best interests of the child. This standard permits the court to examine every piece of evidence that is relevant to the interests of the child. The best interests include spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. This standard all but requires the court to consider domestic violence charges and restraining orders.

Women denied custody over children due to criminal history

In an extraordinary case, a judge denied a woman custody over three children fathered by her husband with another woman. The judge cited her past criminal history, specifically the drowning murders of her first three children as evidence of her inability to be an effective parent. This post will review this unusual case.

What stops a parent from changing custody terms in another state?

Parents are unable to do this because the court will dismiss their case before it even gets to the substantive issues. All states, except Massachusetts and Vermont, and the District of Columbia are signatories to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. The UCCJEA is a uniform set of laws that harmonizes the jurisdictional rules regarding child custody agreements.

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